Slowly but surely, cruise lines are looking for ways to resume operations after a shutdown that has held up ships for more than a year. While ships receiving guests and going to sea in the coming weeks and months will generally be considered a good thing, not everyone will see this as a positive development.

Adventure of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Jesus Aranguren/AP Images for Royal Caribbean)

Big winners

Clearly, cruise lines looking for ways to circumvent the DCC and accommodate returning passengers have the most to gain from the current scenario. Royal Caribbean International and sister company Celebrity Cruises have announced plans to sail around the world from Caribbean ports, meaning they will not have to comply with the CDC’s technical advice, which has not yet been received.

READ MORE: Details of the acquisition of the activities of Royal Caribbean

Lines that choose this path are obviously taking a risk and putting all their faith in the health and safety protocols they will implement outside of CDC guidelines and without CDC oversight. However, it is clear that they have conducted a risk analysis and have determined that the protocols established by the experts who make up their thorough sailing team will ensure the safety of the passengers and crew.

The category of winners included Caribbean destinations that will now serve as home ports for cruise lines. Nassau and St. John’s St. Maarten, which suffered a decline in tourist numbers during the shutdown, will receive an influx of cruise passengers that will undoubtedly bring money into the local coffers. Many will likely arrive a day early or stay a day longer after their cruise ends, which means hotels, restaurants and other travel companies should see a significant influx of money.

Biggest losers

Conversely, the U.S. ports from which these ships would depart would generate no real revenue for the industry. This will apply to local businesses that have long served the cruise community, such as hotels, bars, restaurants and taxi companies.

(Photo courtesy of Port of Tampa)

READ MORE: Cruises to the Bahamas are controversial.

Many links in the local supply chain will also be affected, as cruise ships will inevitably have to turn to sources outside the state to supply the ships that used to come to the state’s ports to stock up on food, beverages and thousands of other items needed to keep cruise passengers happy.

On the losing side are those who have so far – for whatever reason – refused to be vaccinated. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have both said they will require proof of vaccination for all adult passengers travelling from Caribbean ports from June. (Guests under the age of 18 must provide proof of a negative PCR test).

Ultimately, the winners and losers will not be known until the ships set sail and we can determine if the much talked about pent-up demand for cruises can sustain the additional costs passengers will have to pay to depart from Caribbean ports. One of the reasons the cruise lines initially considered concentrating their transshipments on the ports of Florida and Texas was that these ports were easily accessible to a large population who could stop there on the day of embarkation instead of flying to their cruise.

cruise ship changes due to coronavirus,cruise lines after covid-19,cruise lines in trouble,will cruise lines recover,cruise ships after covid,new rules on cruise ships,Feedback,Privacy settings,How Search works,cruises from port canaveral 2021,cruise ship industry future

You May Also Like

Man Forced To Return To Los Angeles After Hawaii Rejects His Mayo Clinic Covid-19 Test

Man must return to Los Angeles after Hawaii rejects his Covid-19 trial…

Business Gains Momentum for Travel Advisors at Playa’s Latest FAM Trip Event

When asked about the Playa FAM trips, over 70% of advisors agreed…

Shipyard Reflects on 20 Years of Cruise-Making Memories

If you’ve sailed on a Royal Caribbean ship in the past two…

Bacon, And Everything Else Happening At Carnival Cruise Line Right Now

If you are a foodie, bacon will always be a staple in…