Cruise Ship industry-2020

By Administrator on Dec 14 in Offshore Shipping Industry.

And once upon a time, people thought that catastrophes like the one on the Titanic would be the biggest obstacle the industry could face. But in fact, 2020 took on a completely different view of the original cruise, putting even the cruise industry in unknown and very, very vague waters. Before the pandemic, the cruise ship industry expected drastic growth, but the course changed.

In the wake of the storm, cruise companies are seeking to strengthen their positions, given the pause in operations, many of them have already sold shares at low prices and pay unusually high-interest rates on their new debts. Cruise companies are trying to convince regulators and consumers that sailing their ships is safe, but the industry can continue to struggle until the coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available.

The English seaside resort of Weymouth, located in the center of the Jurassic Coast – nearly 100 miles from the coastline, known for its fossils. But this summer, geology in the area faced unexpected competition for the attention of tourists from the fleet of huge cruise ships operating near the city, writes the Financial Times. This is not a futuristic picture, but the grim truth that the pandemic has caused a crisis in the entire cruise industry, reaching $ 150 billion.

Instead of having the chance to improve on last year’s record 30 million passengers, more than 60 operators in the sector now have to deal with the difficult and costly question of what to do with their more than 350 ships around the world. The last time ships were idling for an extended time was after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But executives say this year’s crisis is far more dangerous for the industry.

(Voyager of the Seas) Image source:wikimedia.org

But while the overall horizon for the cruise industry is not so bright at the moment, in the East the Chinese are working tirelessly on a new project – a cruise ship that aims to announce the unification of Carnival and CSSC. Construction began at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard. The ship will have a capacity of 4250 passengers and a crew of 1420 people.

An even more interesting fact that shows that even the cruise ship industry is adapting quickly is the launch of ships with their coronavirus testing lab. Viking Cruises, which became the first company to announce a built-in PCR laboratory for rapid testing of COVID-19. Completion of the facility has been announced aboard the Viking Star, which the company says allows for large-scale testing capacity. According to the Viking, the test onboard the ocean liner with 930 guests is non-invasive and uses a saliva sample.

However, a new route is opening up for the cruise industry, which will not be cloudless, but there is a high probability that more cruise ships full of tourists will set sail on a new voyage.

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