With looming uncertainty regarding the cruise industry and when cruise lines can safely resume operations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., has announced cancelation of all scheduled sailings through April 30, 2020.
There had been a slight uptick of hope for the cruise industry several months back when cruises were given the greenlight to set procedures and health protocols. Following several outbreaks on various ships, that hope was dashed.
Now, with vaccinations lagging, particularly in the United States, the cruise industry is filled with unertainty as 2021 powers on.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.
The company along with the rest of the cruise industry continues to work through its return to service plan. This plan outlines how they will meet the requirements of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).
NCL’s cancellations now match Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines who have now all canceled through April. We expect additional cruise lines to follow suit.
Unofficially, we don’t see cruising returning until vaccinations reach the majority. We also expect most cruise lines will require them in order to board.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.