Royal Caribbean’s cruise to nowhere sees bookings go up by 500%, first sailing almost sold out

Following the announcement of cruises to nowhere in Singapore, two cruise lines — Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises — unveiled its slate of packages (to nowhere).

And it seems cruises to nowhere are quite a hit among Singapore residents.

First sailing almost sold out

In response to Mothership queries, managing director for Royal Caribbean Group Asia Pacific Angie Stephen shared that customer demand has “exceeded expectations”.

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As cruises can only cater up to 50 per cent occupancy for now, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas can accommodate up to approximately 2,000 guests at one time.

Bookings have gone up 500 per cent compared to the past two weeks and as of the time of writing, the first sailing on Dec. 1 is almost sold out.

The cruise line has seen a demand for its December sailings and it isn’t surprising since

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Pence, cruise line CEOs talk about resumption of sailing in US


Vice President Mike Pence on Friday joined cruise industry executives and the Centers for Disease Control director on a call to discuss COVID-19 and how the industry plans to approach the restart of operations, according to the White House.

Their discussion on resumption included the 74 recommendations from the Healthy Sail Panel published in September, which were adopted for sailing in U.S. waters by Cruise Lines International Association, the industry’s leading organization, on Friday ahead of the meeting.

The recommendations include protocol to prevent the introduction and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships, including testing, face coverings and temperature checks.

During the meeting, Pence also gave an overview of the “no-sail” order that was extended last week through Oct. 31, according to a readout published by the White House.  

The CDC had requested that the order be extended to Feb. 15, 2021, but compromised with the White

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Royal Caribbean Extends Sailing Suspension Until November

Royal Caribbean Cruises has extended the suspension of cruise sailings until Nov. 30, excluding sailings from Hong Kong. The cruise operator has taken the decision due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has dented the demand for voyages.

Royal Caribbean (RCL) said that its cruise brand Celebrity Cruises will suspend the full 2020/21 winter program in Australia and Asia. Its Azamara cruises will also cancel their 2020/21 winter sailings throughout Australia & New Zealand, South Africa and South America.

On Aug. 10, the company reported 2Q loss of $6.13 per share, which was larger than analysts’ loss expectations of $4.82. The 2Q revenues of $175.6 million, however, surpassed the Street consensus of $43.5 million. (See RCL stock analysis on TipRanks)

On Sept. 25, Barclays analyst Felicia Hendrix upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, saying that risk/rewards in the cruise space are very attractive in the U.S. leisure sector.

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Royal Caribbean trials ‘cruises to nowhere’ with ships sailing in circles from Singapore

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Royal Caribbean International and Genting Cruise Lines, two of the world’s largest cruise lines, will start sailing again out of Singapore, but instead of whisking passengers to faraway lands, guests will pay thousands of dollars to go around in circles.


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Ships have now been given the green lights to sail from the city-state’s port, after permission was granted by authorities in Singapore.

Cruise holidays already restarted in some countries from August, but the development in Singapore will be seen as a big boost because its port is a major travel hub in Asia.

Read: Check in, but don’t fly? Airlines launch ‘flights to nowhere’

The development will be welcome news for Royal Caribbean (RCL) and Genting (SG:G13) who have been hit hard, along with other holiday operators, by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tourism.

Cruise ships had been a particular focal

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‘Getting cruise ships sailing again would be a rallying cry to the whole of travel’

Restarting sailing is critical not just for the cruise sector, but for the travel industry as a whole, said the chairman and chief executive of Virtuoso travel network.

In a letter circulated in response to the Healthy Sail Panel recommendations – as the cruise industry waits with bated breath to find out whether the US Centers for Disease Control ban on cruise ships will expire at the end of September or be extended – Matthew Upchurch said: “If you want to restore consumer confidence, get cruise ships sailing again. That needs to be the rallying cry of the travel industry, whether you sell cruises or not – whether you’re a hotelier, tour operator or destination management company.”

 “People who cruise don’t just sail. They fly to and from the ship, they stay in hotels before and after, they take tours, dine at restaurants, shop in ports and visit cultural

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17 tips for sailing on the Disney Cruise Line

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The Disney Cruise Line is a comparatively small cruise line with just four ships and less than 300 sailings each year, but what it may lack in size it more than makes up for in popularity and enthusiastic fans. And while the Disney Cruise Line outperforms its size in name recognition and interest levels, it also has some pretty unique approaches to cruising that may surprise you — whether you’re a first-time cruiser or a more experienced cruiser on a different line.

So, whether this might be your first time at sea or your 99th, here are 17 tips for sailing on the Disney Cruise Line that can save you money or

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3 Reasons Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Need to Start Sailing in November

This is going to be a huge week for the cruise line industry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “no-sail” order is set to expire on Wednesday, freeing ships to resume operations as early as Thursday. The order has already been extended a few times as the pandemic has played out, and could be extended again, but there are some signs that it will actually stick this time.

Investors in cruise line stocks could use a boost. Shares of Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK), Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) have been slammed in the lull. All three operators have given the no-sail order some wiggle room, canceling all sailings until the start of November. Let’s go over a few of the reasons why the industry can’t afford another extension.

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1. The cruise lines have offered huge concessions

One of the

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Costa outlines European summer sailing plans | News

Costa Cruises has confirmed it will continue to reintroduce trips over the coming months.

From April through November next year Costa Cruises will further extend its Mediterranean offer with a large variety of options and the convenience of multiple ports of departure.

Also, summer 2021 will see the return of cruising in northern Europe, one of the most popular destinations among guests.

From March until autumn 2021, three ships will be deployed on a regular basis in the Western Mediterranean: Costa Smeralda; Costa Firenze, a new ship under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera (Venice) yard; and Costa Pacifica, which will be offering seven-day cruises calling in Italy, France and Spain.

Three additional ships will be operating in the eastern Mediterranean, all on one-week itineraries.
Costa Deliziosa will sail to the Greek islands, Costa Luminosa will visit Greece and Croatia, while Costa Magica will be going to Greece and

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Coronavirus News: US cruise lines vow 100% COVID-19 testing in plan for resuming sailing

Major cruise lines say they will test all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the Americas.

The Cruise Lines International Association, a trade group that represents 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, said Monday that its members will also require passengers and crew to wear masks while onboard whenever physical distancing can’t be maintained.

No date has been set for the resumption of cruising in the Americas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a no-sail order for U.S. waters through Sept. 30. The association’s safety plan will now go to the CDC, which will consider it as the agency decides whether to lift the no-sail order. The order has been extended twice since March.

The cruise association has issued a voluntary suspension of cruises through Oct. 31. In a conference call Monday, Arnold Donald, the president and

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Why Cruise Operators Are Sailing Higher Today

What happened

Shares of struggling cruise operators including Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL), Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NYSE: NCLH), and Carnival (NYSE: CCL) (NYSE: CUK) jumped higher today after an analyst weighed in on the sector.

Norwegian rose as much as 11%, Royal Caribbean 7%, and Carnival 8% before each settled down to slightly lower gains as of noon EDT.

So what

The industry continues to be severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, but Barclays’ analyst Felicia Hendrix upgraded the sector today, saying she thinks the industry is nearing an “inflection point.” 

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The analyst upgraded her ratings on all three cruise operators from equal weight to overweight today, though noted that it may still be early to realize the outperformance. She points out that though current sailing restrictions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) end on Sept. 30, 2020, there is a likelihood

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