This is a big week for the cruise line industry. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ban on sailing – the infamous “No Sale Order” – is set to expire Saturday night. Will Carnival (NYSE: CCL)(NYSE: CUK), Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL), And Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ: NCLH) Finally get regulatory approval to get back the hovering business?
Cruise lines currently do not have any scheduling schedules until early December, which gives all of November as a buffer from the order if it is actually finished. If the COC extends the time limit, then it would not be surprising with the excess of COVID-19 cases. Originally started as a 30-day ban on 14 March, this year has been extended three times, varying the length of the extension. In short, Halloween is a time of deceit for the industry.
Bobbing for departure dates
Cruise lines would love nothing better than to start sailing again, especially in time for a seasonal spike in holiday cruises near the end of the year. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line have scaled back the number of cruises that are currently scheduled to begin operations in December, and it still is. It will take time to win back consumer confidence.
Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line recently introduced a panel, giving recommendations for safe restoration of cruising operations. The Healthy PAL panel’s stricter guidelines, laid out last month, were not enough to keep the CDC from expanding its no sale order nearly all the time. The CDC may want to extend the ban beyond October to see how the presidential election is played out in November. 3. It was previously reported that the CDC wanted to push all kinds of restrictions early next year, but only expanded the No Cell order by the end of October under pressure from the current administration.
Audiences are not in favor of the industry to start sailing anytime soon, but the expansion of the sailing ban is not sluggish. Despite the global turmoil in COVID-19 cases, the travel industry is lagging behind its normal functioning. Airlines – where passengers spend a lot more time sitting among strangers six feet apart than a typical cruise ship dining or leisure activity – have again started to sell in between. Some regions are beginning to reduce their travel restrictions. Resort hotels are marketing their destinations again.
It was some time before regulators gave cruise lines a shot to stay away, at least for the long run to see if the new health and safety measures made the difference. Shareholders have experienced year-over-year losses in the three stocks, but CDC apparently does not have a driving factor. It wants to keep people safe, and if it takes a chance it is now that jobs that have been displaced have more to recover, a situation that has become worse in view of the global recession. If the CDC finally gives cruising a chance to prove that it can be done safely in the new normal, it will be more about preventing passengers from the leisurely chase that compares to the profit and loss of its shareholders Have been disrupted for seven months. No matter where you stand on the matter, Halloween is coming. This is trick-or-treat time for Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.