Cruise Lines Vocal About Reopening
America’s cruise lines are getting vocal about reopening, according to a recent article in Cruise Industry News.
According to the article, “Cruise line CEOs aggressively called for a smart return to service during a meeting of the Miami-Dade County Tourism and the Ports Committee on Thursday morning.
“Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said the company had been working non-stop with governments, health authorities, medical and scientific experts, and stakeholders across the globe to develop science-based COVID-19 protocols. He pointed to Costa Cruises, the company’s Italian brand, which returned to service this week in Italy.”
Further, Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said, “All we are asking for is the opportunity to demonstrate we take this very, very seriously. Health and safety are buzz words we hear every day, but that has been the backbone of our industry forever. “Enough is enough,” Del Rio continued. “It’s been more than six months. We, as an industry, we, as a society, have learned a lot on how to live alongside COVID. “ Del Rio said the company’s Healthy Sail Panel in collaboration with Royal Caribbean Group was a week to 10 days away from submitting its plan.”
The major cruise lines have been working on new health and safety protocols for quite a while.
I wrote about this in my article “Will We Ever Cruise Again?” back in July.
The cruise lines are asking for a “smart” reopening beginning with sailings from U.S. ports. While they didn’t define a smart reopening, I suspect it has to do with significantly reduced occupancies on the ships. Further, an intelligent reopening will give the cruise lines time to get the new protocols under their belts.
I say, let’s take a peek at their new health and safety protocols. And if they seem adequate, let them begin sailing for the upcoming Caribbean cruise season.
The Caribbean is a significant revenue generator for the cruise lines. And opening, say in November/December, would give them all a much-needed revenue boost.
There are voices that would keep them shut down until COVID-19 is conquered. However, if you keep them shut down past next summer, I think we’ll begin to see bankruptcies.
Airlines are flying. Hotels are operating. I don’t see a reason to prevent the cruise lines from getting in the game with a “smart” reopening.
The cruise lines understand very clearly that all eyes will be on them when they do reopen.
We wish them great success, and we look forward to the whole travel industry getting back to some semblance of normalcy. 🙂
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