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Any News? Guest want to cruise and crew needs to cruise!

Some news - good and bad - in regards to cruising. Who should get vaccinated? Crew? Guest? Its not clear right now even though some companies made their announcements but might take them back later. It depends on the market at the end. Can they sell - or not? So whats new? Here are a few headlines from the last days.

River Cruises in Europe will be for sure the first. Maybe restricted to some countries but River Cruising can do this easily. Politicians proof day by day that they have no clue and that a Political party book combined with incompetence are the most needed skills to get into a position. No time plan - no strategy - nothing to expect! So also here decisions have to be made last minute by operaters and guest will have to book last minute.

Differnt news from different areas

Remarks from a recent Forbes articel

Two major cruise lines have committed to requiring their crews to be vaccinated. Royal Caribbean Group, which owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises, has said that it will require crew members to receive the Covid-19 vaccine before returning to work on their ships. Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, the parent to Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, said that the line would have a crew vaccine mandate.

While no major cruise line has announced a similar requirement for passengers, an increasingly realistic scenario might nudge them to impose such a directive.

“What we might see is that the ports that the cruise ships visit might ultimately dictate whether or not passengers need to be vaccinated,” said McDaniel. “If some of these ports are coming out and saying, ‘You can't come into our country if you have not been vaccinated,’ well, that's going to make the decision for the cruise lines and for the passengers.”

Forbes Febr. 16th 2021

People want to go cruising

Travel weekly had some interesting up date sthis week too.

Jason Montague, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises: “When we launched the 2022 and 2023 seasons, we had the biggest booking day in Regent history. It's a testament to the demand out there. People are stuck at home and want to get back to cruising.”

That was followed by a single-day booking record in October (2020), which accounted for a 40% increase over the previous all-time high that was set in 2018.

Feb 16, 2021 Travel weekly

Cruise ship Boutiques supplier on verge of bankruptcy

The first suppliers that we havent thought of right away are getting into trouble.

Harding, which was founded in 1930, has had no revenue for 10 months after the US government effectively shut down the $150bn cruise industry by issuing a no-sail order in March last year. It operates 250 boutiques on more than 80 vessels.

Financial times 14.02.2021

Best 2021 - but more likely 2022?

And the predictions getting worse.

Truist Securities analyst Patrick Scholes wrote in a note that cruises likely will not resume from U.S. ports until the second half of 2021 under the best of circumstances, and possibly not until early 2022.

Wall Street: Cruises wont restart until late 2021 or early 2022

U.S. Cruises Not Likely to Resume Until Fourth Quarter, or Early 2022, Analyst Says

By Lawrence C. Strauss, Barrons

Jan. 22, 2021

Canada Bans Cruises Until 2022, Blocking Alaska Trips Jonathan Levin Chris Palmeri Bookmark February 05 2021

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Author: Stephan Busch, Academic Director at the State University for the Humanities Moscow RGGU, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality and the Swiss International University earned his Master Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, USA. He has a diverse experience in launching operations, business development and service training- for hotel and cruise companies in Asia, Europe, Canada and Russia.,

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