There is not a lot of good news coming from the cruise industry right now. We have a number of new cancelations to report.
Several cruise line inclusing Disney Cruise Line and several Carnival owned lines have just announced cancelations through at least May. The Disney Magic has canceled sailings through August as those were intended to sail European waters.
“As we continue to refine our protocols and await further technical guidance from the CDC, we are cancelling all sailings departing through May 2021,”Disney
Alaska and Canadian Sailings
With Canada announcing they will ban all cruise ships through February 2022 a number of cruise lines and itineraries have been directly affected.
Disney has canceled their Alaska sailings. Carnival’s sister lines, including Holland America, Princess and Seabourn have all been canceled.
Princess released a statement that they will be canceling all seven-day voyages of the Glaciers itineraries between Vancouver, British Columbia and Anchorage as well as all Pacific Coastal itineraries that begin or end in Vancouver and Canadian Adventure roundtrip sailings from Southampton, England.
Holland America has canceled all cruises that begin or end at a Canadian port. That affects their Alaska sailings, Pacific Coastal sailings and all Canada/New England sailings.
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Norweigan Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd the parent company to Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, has canceled all sailings until June.
“We have extended our voluntary suspension of global cruise voyages across our three brands as we continue to work through our return to service plan to meet the requirements of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,”Andrea DeMarco senior vice president of investor relations for Norwegian
Back in January Royal Caribbean Group announced they would cancel more cruises spring. They have aslo sold Azamara, their boutique cruise line to a New York City based holdings company.
“As we work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and government authorities around the world toward this shared goal, we are extending the suspension of certain sailings for our cruise lines,”Royal Caribbean
All sailings on Celebrity have been canceled through April 30. The Apex transatlantic cruise has also been canceled. It was set to depart on May 1. Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation sailings through Europe and the transatlantic sailings have also all been canceled.
Princess Cruises has canceled all cruises from U.S. ports through May 14.
Back in December, the company had canceled all sailings through the end of March. This expansion of cancelations will also apply to their European cruises scheduled prior to May 15.
Holland America Line has also canceled all of its departures through April 30.
“The line also will cancel all Alaska cruises through mid-May, Alaska departures on three ships through early June, any Land+Sea Journeys connected with canceled Alaska sailings, Mediterranean cruises through early June and Zaandam’s Canada/New England itineraries through August,”Holland America
Basically, there is no good news for cruising right now. Until the vaccine is made readily available to the general population it is unlikely Europe or the United States will see a return to cruising.
Furthermore, as we previously discussed, we do believe most if not all cruise lines will require vaccinations of all passengers when cruising first resumes. We simply don’t see how a cruise line can risk sailing with unvaccinated passengers.
While many have claimed this is discrimination, these are private companies who have to protect their own interests first and foremost. They have the ability to make decisions to protect the health and safety of their guests and their crew and that includes requiring vaccines and/or daily testing.
This could mean that when cruise lines resume sailings it is adults only or they could require those sailings with unvaccinated members to sign a waiver that those passengers will sail at their own risk and will be quarantined and possibly even asked to disembark at the next port at their own expense.
We don’t believe cruise lines will sail with the risk of having to cancel and rebook additional cruises should a positive case be reported onboard. For cruise lines like Disney and Carnival which cater more towards families this could mean a drastically different demographic when sailings first resume.
This is just our opinion but we are seeing more cruise reporting along these lines as cruise lines become desperate to hit the high seas again and bring revenue back in.
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In addition, when sailings do resume, expect to be required to show proof of a negative test prior to embarkation and possibly daily testing onboard for all passengers regardless of age. Masks will likely be required at first and other health and safety precautions will be adhered to.
It is looking to be another long year for the cruise industry and unfortunately we expect more bad news on cancelations to come in before we see a reprieve.