Cruise Industry Top Leaders Show Optimism for U.S. Cruise “Restart”

Leaders from the “Big Four” cruise companies are generally optimistic about their lines sailing from U.S. ports later this year, despite the “No Sail Order” being recently extended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through October 31, That was the big “takeaway” Tuesday from the Seatrade Cruise Virtual conference. 

“We are optimistic that we’ll be in a position as an industry, in collaboration with CDC … in collaboration with the [Trump] Administration to resume cruising sometime this year, but we have to work that out,” said Arnold Donald, president and CEO, Carnival Corporation (CCL). “But we are definitely cautiously optimistic.”

Later in the program, panelists were asked by moderator Anne Kalosh, editor, Seatrade Cruise News, to rank on a scale from 1 to 5 (with five being the most optimistic), of whether ships will sail from U.S. ports in 2020. “On a scale of

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Cruise: Full list of cruise restart dates following new ban for cruises | Cruise | Travel

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US made the decision to extend its “no-sail” ban for another month, meaning cruise holidays remain on hold until November. The decision came despite the prevention of an array of new COVID-19 combative measures by the “Healthy Sail Panel” of experts from Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnaval Cruise Line has set out a preliminary restart date of November 1.

All sailings through September and October are now suspended.

Affected cruises include:

San Francisco sailings through 2020

Carnival Splendor sailings through and including January 7, 2021

Carnival Spirit sailings through and including May 16, 2021

Carnival Legend sailings through and including October 30, 2020

Mardi Gras sailings November 14, 2020 through and including January 30, 2021

Carnival Breeze from Fort Lauderdale sailings November 7, 2020 through and including March 7, 2021

Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration

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ANA to restart service to Singapore and Bangkok in November

TOKYO — All Nippon Airways will resume flights in November to and from Singapore and Bangkok as well as increase service on other international routes, according to a schedule released Monday, reflecting an expected rise in demand as coronavirus-related travel restrictions are loosened.

The ANA Holdings unit will operate two round-trip flights per week between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Singapore and three between Narita Airport near Tokyo and Bangkok. The Japanese airline’s new schedule also adds two round-trip flights a week from Haneda to Sydney, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila, and one between Haneda and London.

ANA anticipates increased demand on the Singapore route after the two countries agreed to reopen short-term business travel. Japan plans to gradually ease travel restrictions more broadly starting next month, allowing in foreign nationals with residence permits regardless of the country of origin.

Two flights between Haneda and Honolulu have been scheduled for

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Donald, Fain, Del Rio and Vago Talk Cruise Industry, Restart

Earlier this week, Cruise Lines International Association‘s (CLIA) global board of directors approved mandatory health/safety protocols for member lines—and submitted them to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s the hope that this will provide a path to lifting of the CDC’s “No Sail Order” and the resumption of cruising from U.S. ports.

Advisors can read Part 1 of our CLIA press briefing coverage (with perspective from senior CLIA executives), and below is Part 2, with comments from the “Big Four”—top leaders from the world’s largest cruise companies.

What’s their “take” on the current status of the industry? What’s the start-up time frame for U.S. cruising to resume? Here are highlights from executives of the “Big Four.”

A Path to Cruise Resumption

“This probably has been the most difficult period in our industry’s 50-year history and it certainly has been for our company,” said

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Why BofA Expects Norwegian, Royal Caribbean To Restart Cruises In Q4, Stage Near-Complete Rebound In 2021

Cruise companies Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NYSE: NCLH) are inching toward a resumption of U.S. services after submitting a joint plan to the Centers for Disease Control, according to BofA Securities. 

The Cruise Line Analyst: Andrew Didora maintains an Underperform rating on Royal Caribbean with an unchanged $34 price target.

The analyst also maintains a Neutral rating on Norwegian Cruise with an unchanged $16 price target.

The Cruise Line Takeaways: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian’s joint “Healthy Sail Panel” informed the CDC of its new safety standard strategy, marking the first step toward a resumption of U.S. cruises, Didora said in a Tuesday note. 

The document includes 74 health and safety measures that cover screening, onboard sanitation, destination planning and more, the analyst said.

Each consumer will need to confirm a negative COVID-19 test reading that was taken within five days of the cruise’s departure,

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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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Cruise news: Major cruise lines unveil new measures in a bid to restart US sailings | Cruise | Travel

Coronavirus testing will be compulsory for all cruise passengers and crew members prior to boarding as major cruise lines look to restart voyages in the US. The CLIA, a trade group representing 95 percent of the world’s ocean cruise capacity, revealed on Monday that extensive health and safety measures have been announced for its members. Another of the new health and safety measures requires passengers and crew wearing masks while onboard wherever social distancing cannot be maintained.

Global chair of CLIA Adam Goldstein said: “We are in a position to announce mandatory core elements of health protocols that we see as a path [to the resumption of cruising].”

Kelly Craighead, the president and chief executive of CLIA said: “Based on what we are seeing in Europe, and following months of collaboration with leading public health experts, scientists, and governments, we are confident that these measures will provide a pathway for

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