CDC Says Defer Cruise Travel; Issues Report Inside the Princess Outbreak

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A new CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevent) report recommends that travellers “defer all cruise travel worldwide” due to increased risk for coronavirus. The report is available here.

The report points out that coronavirus survived for 17 days on the Diamond Princess in an empty stateroom, and also outlines some 800 coronavirus cases between the Diamond and Grand Princess ships.

During the initial stages of the coronavirus, the Diamond Princess was the setting of the largest outbreak outside mainland China, according to the CDC.

“Cruise ships are often settings for outbreaks of infectious diseases because of their closed environment and contact between travellers from many countries,” said the CDC. “More than 800 cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases occurred during outbreaks on three cruise ship voyages, and cases linked to several additional cruises have been reported across the United States. Transmission occurred across multiple voyages from ship to ship by crew members; both crew members and passengers were affected; 10 deaths associated with cruise ships have been reported to date.”

The report is available here.

Coronavirus: Cruise lines adopt strict new screening measures

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Passengers face the prospect of being denied boarding onto cruise ships due to enhanced screening measures being adopted by global cruise lines in response to the spread of coronavirus.

The new policies have been outlined by cruise industry body Clia.

The association said: “With strict measures in place, as guided by national and international health authorities, Clia and its member lines, in concert with pronouncements from the World Health Organisation, do not believe restrictions on the movement of ships are justified.”

Clia president and chief executive Kelly Craighead added: “The adoption of these measures further demonstrates the cruise industry’s unique ability to respond quickly as circumstances evolve.

“We remain in close contact with local governments around the world, and while we regret that these changes will result in the denial of boarding for some of our guests, travellers should know that their health and safety is the absolute priority for the industry.”

Under the changes, ships will deny boarding to anyone who has travelled from, visited or transited via airports in South Korea, Iran, China, including Hong Kong and Macau, plus areas in Italy under lockdown within 14 days prior to embarkation.

Lines will also conduct illness screening for people who have travelled from, visited or transited via airports in any destinations listed on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coronavirus disease list page within 14 days before embarkation.

“Illness screening includes symptom history checks for fever, cough and difficulty breathing in the 14 days before embarkation and taking of temperature,” Clia said.

Passengers will also be denied boarding if they have had contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having the virus or who are subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to Covid-19 within two weeks prior to sailing.

Companies will conduct pre-boarding screening “necessary to effectuate these prevention measures”.

Enhanced screening and initial medical support will be provided to anyone exhibiting symptoms of suspected coronavirus.

The association added: “In co-ordination with cruise lines, medical experts and regulators around the world, Clia and its member lines will continue to closely monitor for new developments related to Covid-19 and will modify these policies as necessary with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of passengers and crew.

Cruise Lines 2019 Q4 Breakdown: By the Numbers

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Cruise Industry News takes a look at the financial performance of the “big three” following the final quarter of 2019.

Takeaways:

While gross revenue was up for Q4 2019 for the three publicly-traded cruise companies, increased operating expenses led to reduced operating income, net income and net income per passenger day, compared to Q4 for the previous year.

Net revenue per passenger day was also down year-over-year for Carnival Corporation, up noticeably for Royal Caribbean and up slightly for Norwegian.

Gross revenue per passenger day was significantly up for all three companies, including onboard spending, with gross ticket revenue per day also up for Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, but down for Carnival.

Carnival saw the biggest difference between gross and net onboard revenue: more than $25, making it flat with last year, while Royal had nearly a $12 drop and Norwegian a little more than $10, and up from last year.

Both Carnival and Royal Caribbean saw a decrease in fuel costs year-over-year while Norwegian saw its fuel spend to go up.

Carnival cited the regulatory change preventing travel to Cuba, geopolitical events in Arabian Gulf, Hurricane Dorian, an unscheduled drydock, and multiple shipyard delays. Royal cited the Oasis drydock mishap, Cuba and Hurricane Dorian, and Norwegian also cited Cuba and Dorian.

Because of the fleet mix, Norwegian continued to generate the highest gross and net ticket and onboard spend revenue.

2019 financeCruise Industry Financial Tracking

The Cruise Industry Financial Tracking Report provides an in-depth look into the financial metrics of the leading cruise companies. Learn more.

Included: Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, MSC, Star/Genting, Royal Olympic, P&O Princess, Regent, American Classical Voyages and Commodore.

Key metrics include revenue, operating expenses, operating income and net income, as well as those metrics on a per passenger day basis. We also look at EPS, fleets, berths and passenger cruise days.