January 8, 2021
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- The cruise industry won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2030: analyst
- Brand New Carnival Cruise Ship Makes Inaugural Port Stop [VIDEO]
- Latest Carnival Cruise News with a Sprinkle of Festive Joy!
- Port of San Diego welcomes 5 Holland America and 1 Princess Cruises ships
- Consumer Confidence and Fear of Missing Out Drive Cruise Bookings for 2021
- 'We called it Voyage of the Damned': Days of despair on the Grand Princess
- Singapore is aggressively pursuing a return to travel — but not without setbacks
- Coral Expeditions to Return in January with Coral Adventurer
- How can companies cruise past the pandemic?
- MSC Cruises Delays Magnifica Restart to Feb. 14
- Ponant Gets Greenlight to Cruise in New Zealand
- Cruise lines left out of new stimulus bill again
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The cruise industry won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2030: analyst
The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines could give the beleaguered travel industry a much-needed shot in the arm in 2021. But analysts caution there’s still a long way to go before it’s smooth sailing for the cruise lines. “The vaccine may not be a panacea for the cruise line industry versus airlines or leisure hotels, where the outlook is a little bit better,” Jason Ader, CEO of SpringOwl Asset Management, tells Yahoo Finance Live. “The perception of the cruise industry is that it's a floating petri dish. And that's a bad perception.” Previous coronavirus outbreaks on cruise ships left thousands of passengers stranded, and that’s affected sentiment for people who have never cruised before. A recent SpringOwl Asset Management survey found that 80% of respondents who have never cruised say they would avoid getting on a ship. “I don't think you'll see a return to peak profitability in the cruise industry until 2030,” says Ader. “And that's just not a function of demand coming back, because I do think the cruise industry will see people want to go on cruises. But the prices will be a challenge. People aren't going to pay a premium for it right away.”
Brand New Carnival Cruise Ship Makes Inaugural Port Stop [VIDEO]
Carnival Cruise Line’s brand-new Mardi Gras made her inaugural visit to Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Tuesday. The ship was handed over to the cruise line from Meyer Turku at its shipyard in Finland last Friday, and is now making preparations for her inaugural voyage in April.
Latest Carnival Cruise News with a Sprinkle of Festive Joy!
Here is all the latest Carnival cruise news and for once, there are more ups than downs. The cruise line has had a positive December with festive joy spreading across the fleet. Much of that had to do with the approach of the festive season, of course. Not only did Santa Claus get to go for a ride on Bolt, Mardi Gras’ first rollercoaster at sea, but the Grinch also delivered Christmas cards to the crew onboard the Carnival ships, courtesy of John Heald. We also had a festive message from President Christine Duffy.
Port of San Diego welcomes 5 Holland America and 1 Princess Cruises ships
5 HAL-Holland America Line ships and 1 Princess Cruises' ship are arriving this week and through the new year at the Port of San Diego CA, periodically docking at the B Street Cruise Terminal for food, supplies, fuel, and services. At this time, none of the liners will be carrying passengers or conducting cruises. However, the visits are a part of the operations of the lines to reestablish the vessels in U.S. waters as well as meet the CDC Framework for Conditional Sailing order to resume sailings. The first arrival schedule is as follows (ships and schedule are subject to change based on operational needs and cruise line plans)…
Consumer Confidence and Fear of Missing Out Drive Cruise Bookings for 2021
After a long pause in cruise operations, people are ready to book again, said President of Expedia Cruises Matthew Eichhorst. “Global searches between April and September this year for cruises in 2021 gradually increased month-on-month, with a noticeable month-on-month spike between August and September. Since then, the monthly average number of searches between October and November was up by almost 30 percent compared with the monthly average of April to September for trips next year,” he told Cruise Industry News.
'We called it Voyage of the Damned': Days of despair on the Grand Princess
The Grand Princess cruise ship floated off the California coast for days while officials wrestled with the emerging coronavirus outbreak. Here's what it was like on board.
Singapore is aggressively pursuing a return to travel — but not without setbacks
The city-state is working to resuscitate tourism by resuming cruising, ushering in business travelers and launching a national contact-tracing app.
Coral Expeditions to Return in January with Coral Adventurer
Coral Expeditions has announced that the Coral Adventurer will return to operations this January after a ten-month hiatus in her homeport of Cairns. Having successfully completed an eight-voyage season with the Coral Discoverer on the Great Barrier Reef with new health protocols in place, Coral Expeditions is now ready to expand its domestic itineraries with the Adventurer, the company said… As with other domestic itineraries, guests will be drawn from the Australian market and capped at under 100. Coral Expeditions operates an all-Australian flagged fleet with an Australian crew. Its proven SailSAFE health protocols, duly approved by all state authorities, will remain in place till risks recede.
How can companies cruise past the pandemic?
When the Covid-19 pandemic halted all cruise operations around the world in early 2020, many predicted that the subsequent travel restrictions and health and safety fears would curb travellers’ wanderlust for years to come. However, many cruise operators have since reported the opposite, receiving bookings for cruises in 2021 and beyond. “We expect there will be huge demand for travel once the uncertainty ends because people love exploring new places,” says Neil Duncan, head of trading and planning at Marella Cruises. “Some guests may prefer to take cruises that are closer to home than in the past, but most will be happy to go globetrotting again.” Another operator that has seen renewed interest in cruising is Mystic Cruises, which owns a fleet of ocean and expedition cruise ships that are chartered out on long-term contracts to international brands such as Quark Expeditions and Germany-based line Nicko Cruises. Mystic Cruises also owns Atlas Ocean Voyages, which operates as its sales and marketing arm in the USA.
MSC Cruises Delays Magnifica Restart to Feb. 14
MSC Cruises announced today the extension to the pause of operations for the MSC Magnifica in connection with the additional lockdown measures that the Greek government has recently put in place ashore to manage the pandemic and that will now likely extend beyond the current holiday period, according to a press release. As part of these measures, MSC said that passenger ships are only able to make technical calls in Greek ports through Jan. 6. Due to the uncertainty at this stage as to whether these ports will fully re-open on Jan. 7 or if these measures will be further extended as it is very likely to be the case, MSC said it has made the decision to postpone for the benefit of its guests the resumption of operations for MSC Magnifica until Feb. 14, 2021.
Ponant Gets Greenlight to Cruise in New Zealand
Ponant announced it has received conditional approval for its Le Lapérouse to recommence operations exclusively in New Zealand waters, for New Zealanders from February 2021 following months of engagement with New Zealand’s Ministry of Health. Ponant said that it and its sister company, Paul Gauguin Cruises, collectively have operated over 60 expeditions and cruises over the past six months with eight of their 11 small ships operational in France, Iceland, the Arctic, Russia, Corsica, Sardinia and French Polynesia. No other tourism company has had their Health and Sanitary protocols so robustly tested by multiple jurisdictions.
Cruise lines left out of new stimulus bill again
While airlines are going to get $15 billion in additional payroll support from a new stimulus package, the cruise industry that has been shut down for 9 months will be getting no financial aid. A new bipartisan $900 billion coronavirus aid package is being finalized in Congress that includes federal assistance for households, small businesses and health-care providers. They have not yet released text of the legislation, which they hope to pass in the next day.
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