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Port Canaveral Furloughs 50 Cruise Employees

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With the cruise industry effectively suspended until further notice during the coronavirus-outbreak/” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>coronavirus pandemic, Port Canaveral has furloughed numerous employees for the next two months.

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Of the 250 people employed at the Florida port, 50 of them have been furloughed. A coronavirus/jobs-economy/os-ne-coronavirus-port-canaveral-furloughs-employees-20200403-pz4m7oirwvaafhgrfdl5gnbyzy-story.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>statement from Port Canaveral confirmed that the furlough employees worked in its cruise and recreation segments “whose job functions are not required for current operations.”

Port Canaveral is a popular base for major cruise lines. Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean all have ships based at the port. None of the ships are currently in operation.

Cargo operations will continue at the port.

“While Port Canaveral is open and operating, the current pandemic situation has had significant impact on our businesses,” the port said.

The port also confirmed that all affected employees will remain employed throughout the furlough period. The furlough period is expected to last at least until May 30, though it will only officially end once cruise operations resume at the Port.

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Viking Extends Suspension of Cruising Through August 31

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Viking has further suspended operations through Aug. 31, 2020. The company initially announced it would stop cruising on March 11.

“We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly,” Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen wrote in a May 28 post on the company website. “While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through Aug. 31, 2020.”

The company is offering 125 percent credit to passengers booked on canceled voyages. “It is fully transferable, allowing you to gift it to someone with whom you would like to share the joys of travel. It can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise,” Hagen wrote. “If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and we will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking.”

For more details on credits and refunds, click here.

Hagen said the company is developing new safety protocols and taking care of its crew members.

“We have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness—and are now developing additional protocols to make traveling with Viking even safer. We will be sharing more information about this very soon,” he wrote. “Also, during this time of non-operation, we are further training our crew and preparing our fleet to welcome you onboard again. Since our first announcement, many of you have expressed concern for our crew, and I want to reassure you that we are continuing to take good care of them.”

Hagen said he is seeing signs of hope in Europe. “I am delighted to note that in the past couple of weeks, hope has emerged here in Europe. In Switzerland, restaurants and shops opened two weeks ago, and I must admit it was a great treat to go to my favorite Italian restaurant the other day. Last week, I had my first day in the office – with a mask and proper distancing. It now also looks as though the local borders in Europe are starting to open up.”

Viking plans to launch the ocean ship Viking Venus Early next year and, in 2022, will welcome new expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, that will sail the Arctic, Antarctic and North America’s Great Lakes, and a modern river vessel, Viking Mississippi.

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