Kids – help your parents deal with the stress of coronavirus

ESSENTIAL guide for children to help their parents cope with the stress of coronavirus:
* Tell Mum & Dad that they will grow out of their toilet paper “thing” (which we don’t talk about)
* Explain that the sharemarket is like St Kilda footy club – it keeps getting pounded but always bounces back
* The family – including the dog and cat – can eat only so much rice and pasta so stop hoarding it
* Make up a family song about how good the NEXT holiday will be
* A parent’s hand must be no closer than 1.5m to your backside AT ALL TIMES

Cruise tourism hits pause button as coronavirus spreads

Norwegian Cruise Lines, one of the world’s Big 3 cruise lines, has put public health ahead of immediate profit and suspended all cruises by its 28 ships until April 11 as the coronavirus pandemic brings a global pause in tourism.

NCL, which includes Oceania and Regent Seven Seas cruise lines, has also introduced a new cancellation policy – see Cruising into the Future – to encourage future bookings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Princess Cruises – which is owned by the World’s biggest cruise company, Carnival – recently put all of its cruises on temporary hold for two months because of the pandemic.


Cruising into the future

As tourism deals with a severe case of the flu, no sector is showing more symptoms than cruising. On the upside, at least one major cruise line is prescribing a beneficial remedy – Norwegian Cruise Line has updated its cancellation-and-credit policy to encourage travellers to keep planning ahead.

NCL says the “Peace of Mind” policy offers guests who book voyages through 30 September, 2020 the opportunity to cancel up to 48 hours before the sail date and receive a 100 per cent future cruise credit for use on any sailings through 31 December, 2022.

This new offer applies to all new guests as well as those already booked on voyages beginning 10 March, 2020.