Coupled to an announcement from P&O Cruises that it would delay its return until October, the news adds to fears the sector may be among the last to recover from the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ferry operator DFDS has offered a glimpse of how it is preparing to welcome back holidaymakers who are considering how they can get away for a break this year.
P&O Cruises has announced an extension to the pause in its operations until October 15th. The line said the latest delay would allow it to focus on working with all relevant public health bodies to approve further enhancement of health and safety protocols.
The line said the decision had been taken due to the ongoing travel disruption and temporary port closures within the region in which the cruise line operates. Celestyal focuses on trips to the Greek Islands and the Mediterranean.
Costa Cruises, Aida Cruises and Marella Cruises have all delayed the return of sailings in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
As the hospitality industry seeks to rebuild trust among travellers, a cruise ship can be “safer than anywhere else in the world” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has argued.
River cruise operator Scylla has announced the sailing of 34 ships on Europe’s waterways with immediate effect. The move makes the company one of the first to resume operations as the Covid-19 outbreak recedes and destinations reopen to tourism.
Portsmouth International has become the first UK port to install a thermal temperature scanner, which will be available for cruise operators to screen their passengers.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited has reported a net loss of $1.4 billion, or $6.91 per share, for the first quarter of the financial year. The second largest cruise company in the world saw revenue fall 17 per cent to $2.03 billion over the period.
Virgin Voyages has announced it is pushing back its launch until October 16th. Passengers booked on affected voyages aboard Scarlet Lady have the option to request a 100 per cent refund.
Walt Disney Company chief executive, Bob Chapek, has announced a shakeup of the senior leadership of its leisure operations. In the key move, Josh D’Amaro has been named chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences & Products.
Silversea is preparing to take delivery of Silver Origin from Dutch shipyard De Hoop – but has been forced to suspend all sailings until late July in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.