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Norwegian Cruise Line just announced that it is cancelling all sailings through the end of September as well as select sailings that were scheduled in October. See all the details in the announcement here. Wow!
Just yesterday, I was talking about how optimistic cruisers are as a group. I know many people who were fully expecting to sail in August (or earlier!)
This announcement obviously has huge financial implications for NCL. Stock prices continue to tumble.
What About Other Cruise Lines?
The other two big cruise lines, Royal Caribbean and Carnival, have not yet announced cancellations through September or October. They both previously stated they planned to resume sailing on August 1. However, their stocks still tumbled because usually the big three lines act in unison (eventually).
I predict that the other cruise lines will soon follow with their own announcements. Why? There’s still too much work to do before they can sail again soon. Even if they can get the rest of the crew members home in the next week or two, they then have to start re-hiring. Not to mention, cruise lines need to have Covid-19 testing capabilities and the ability to isolate on-board.
Are you surprised that cruises will not likely sail again until at least October? When do you predict cruises will resume?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.