Every night at 7:30pm, Captain Kate McCue of the Celebrity Edge sounds the bellowing horn of her ship. And in response, 12 other ships, all from different lines, join her in the evening spectacle.
Captain McCue, who is one of the first female captains, travels the world on the Celebrity Edge with her cat and is known to document her story on Instagram.
She posted on Instagram, a video montage of all 12 captains, from different lines showing their support for the cruise industry.
As soon as Captain McCue sounds the horn, the captains from the other Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Holland America ships, toot back.
“We sound our horns, to let our crew and the world know that while we are strong, safe, and healthy on board, we are thinking of those at home and hoping the same for them. Until our safe returns to our home ports, we wish them fair winds and following seas,” wrote Captain McCue on her Instagram.
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“Home is where the anchor drops. Hello neighbor @captainkatemccue
Here at Grand Bahama anchorage we all wait together for the cruise pause to be over. We are all in this together and we will get through this. Every night at 19.30 we sound our horn for all effected by COVID19,” writes Symen Van Der Veen safety officer on the Nieuwstatendam.
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They join all the other ships around the world which are sending out supportive messages for the cruise industry as it hits pause.
Carnival Spirit lit up in Sydney Harbour last week. The ship is one of many others anchored off the Wollongong coast, berthing at Port Kembla to refuel and access providore services when required.
Princess Cruises thanked Japan as the Diamond Princess finished its thorough cleaning and disinfection.
“The Japanese Ministry of Health certified the ship, lifting its quarantine and confirming her fit to sail with no traces of COVID-19. The ship is now at shipyard near Yokohama Harbor for a refurbishment — including replacement of all mattresses, pillows, linens, games, toys, etc. — and a few planned technical projects,” writes Princess Cruises on Facebook.
The Costa Atlantica from Italian cruise line Costa Cruises also showed it’s support for Italy all the way from Nagasaki, Japan where it is currently docked.
Seabourn’s smaller intimate ships might not have the cabins to form elaborate messages but they managed to get their message across just fine.
“Life takes you to unexpected places. Love brings you home.” – Unknown
— Seabourn (@SeabournCruise) March 25, 2020
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