It might feel hard to have much hope for the cruise industry right now, but we’re here to tell you that the future isn’t nearly as bleak as it might seem currently. As infection numbers mount in many countries across the world, it’s best to think positively. There are a number of reasons why we can still have hope that the cruise industry will do just fine. In fact, recent signs are pointing towards the industry perhaps being able to restart earlier than we may have feared.
The new CDC sailing order
In case you haven’t heard that the CDC dropped their No Sail Order recently, go check out our article on that over here. Here’s the basic gist of it: rather than barring the cruise industry from sailing, they will be requiring cruise lines to meet certain requirements in order to sail again. While this doesn’t mean that cruise lines can immediately start sailing again, it does mean that there’s the potential for many companies to get back into business if they are able to make their ships safe enough. This should inspire hope for two reasons. For one, it means that the United States may not need to wait until the pandemic ends to sail again. For two, it means that ships will need to be determined by the CDC to be safe to sail. This means that any cruises that occur in the future will be safer than ever.
Vaccine results from Pfizer
While this isn’t directly related to the cruise industry, it’s still worth mentioning. Pfizer has released some tentative results from their ongoing vaccine study, and it seems quite positive. You can read about it in detail here. The main takeaway from this is that the Pfizer vaccine appears to be even more effective than anyone expected that it would be. If a vaccine that works this well is released in the near future, the prospect of cruising safely becomes much more attainable.
In light of this coronavirus vaccine news, the general morale for people across the world has increased. People are looking forward to the future in a more positive way now, which is great! This has huge implications for the cruise industry. If travelers think that the future will be safe, they are far more likely to want to book a trip in advance. This isn’t just conjecture, either. According to Cruise Industry News, Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings all experienced major surges in their stocks. Carnival saw almost a 30% increase.
Even though it may be hard to remain positive, try to look on the bright side. Though things may be getting worse, we might just be looking at the light at the end of the tunnel. This is true for the cruise industry, but it also just might be true for the world at large.