Regional Director Alvin Materi Remarks on the Current Circumstances Involving COVID-19
30 April, 2020
A lot has changed in recent months since we first felt COVID-19’s impact to cruising in Asia. Cruise Asia by Destination Asia worked with our many cruise line partners to change their itineraries and manage logistics with a dwindling number of ports that were willing and able to accept them. Since then, all ports have closed to cruise ships as governments look to contain the spread of the coronavirus to their communities.
Recently, the cruise industry has shifted focus from delivering guests back to their home countries to repatriating staff and crew to theirs, and cruise ships have either already been, or are on their way to Jakarta, Bali, Shanghai, and the Philippines to do so.
All Cruise Asia by Destination Asia country-teams are now working from home. During the COVID-19 lockdown we¹ve been busy working with our governments, ports, and suppliers who are looking forward to welcoming ships back once cruising resumes.
Today we are launching a centralized site where you can view the latest port and country restrictions affecting Cruise in Asia from Covid-19.
While it is a rapidly changing environment, we will endeavour to update regularly. For any country-specific information not found here, I encourage you to work with our in-country Cruise Managers and myself for the latest information available. Be well, stay safe, and we will all get through this together.