American Cruise Lines Execs Talk New Ships, Booking Trends and More

“This has been quite a year for the cruise industry, and we are all ready for the promise of next year,” Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, told reporters attending the line’s press conference at Seatrade Cruise Virtual this week.

While the U.S.-flagged line is still hopeful that it could possibly cruise the lower portion of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis in 2020, that’s not yet known. If the sailing schedule would need to be pushed into 2021, the line would begin American river sailings in February with voyages continuing through December 2021.

2021 Booking Trends

Also participating in the briefing was Susan Shultz-Gelino, vice president of trade relations, American Cruise Lines, who said she’s learned from her chats with travel advisors that “2021 is going to be absolutely huge. People are ready to travel. They want to get

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Execs Say US Cruises Could Restart, Based on Success in Europe

Cruise industry stakeholders in the U.S. are optimistic that cruising’s largely successful restart in Europe bodes well for the American cruise industry.

a person standing in front of a boat: FOTO: Pareja en crucero. (Foto de Photodisc / Royalty-free)

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FOTO: Pareja en crucero. (Foto de Photodisc / Royalty-free)

Cruise executives have cited this European precedent in their efforts to get the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lift its ‘No Sail Order,’ which is currently set to expire on September 30, but which many expect will be extended following the agency’s review. The deadline to respond to the CDC’s request for public input about the potential resumption of large- and small-ship cruising is just days away, reported Travel Weekly.

MSC Cruises and Italian line, Costa Cruises, resumed activities in August and early September at limited passenger capacities, with strict health and safety measures in place and starting with one ship each. Both now plan on launching second ships to continue

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