The year’s top reads
2020 saw Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings secure an additional $675m liquidity, one of numerous liquidity shore-ups by it and other companies amid coronavirus uncertainty, while in March, Donald Trump declared his support for keeping cruise lines in business during the pandemic.
US health officials clarified that live, infectious SARS-CoV-2 was not found in Diamond Princess cabins up to 17 days after they were vacated, contrary to media reports..
This year saw the industry grieve for MSC Cruises’ president in Spain, Emiliano González, and Carnival’s food and beverage giant Everette Phillips.
Returning to service
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s call for public comment on a safe return to cruising in the US while the story of AIDAperla Capt. Boris Becker’s video statement, thanking Barbados for sheltering his ship after many ports closed their doors, gained popularity. The same can be said of Royal Caribbean Group’s announcement that it would be replacing one of the least-loved but most important parts of a cruise, the safety drill, with a new eMuster approach to delivering safety information.
Cruise Lines International Association crafted a framework for safe cruising in the COVID-19 era. And the industry was jubilant at news MSC and Costa Cruises would begin operating in Italy after months of pandemic shutdown.
Meyer Werft projected it would take several years for the industry to get back on track. Meanwhile, Azamara CEO Larry Pimentel, Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford, Seabourn President Rick Meadows, Princess Cruises EVP Rai Caluor and Royal Caribbean Vice Chairman Adam Goldsten announced their departures.
Operators bid farewell to vessels
Seajets purchased P&O Cruises’ Oceana and snapped up Holland America Line’s Veendam and Maasdam as HAL shed four of its vessels. Pullmantur's Sovereign and Monarch met their end — both were recycled.
For a recap of 2020's top headlines according to reader traffic, see Seatrade Cruise Review’s December digital edition.