FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Many cruise ships docked in South Florida during the coronavirus pandemic.
As communities strive to regain a sense of normalcy, a big question is what will happen to one of the biggest industries in South Florida.
Dozens of popular and moving vacation destinations are just waiting for the U.S. government to hit the restart button.
“They are anchored or sail in order to keep the ships working,” said Stewart Chiron, an expert in the cruise industry.
Meanwhile, due to air travel restrictions, companies like Carnival will use nine of their ships to repatriate more than 10,000 crew members to countries around the world.
“They literally collect crew members on various ships and put them on other ships,” said Chiron.
As companies around the world begin to return to normal, there is still uncertainty in the cruise industry.
“Right now, they’re just trying to figure out what they can, when they can do it and it’s a very complex situation,” said Chiron.
Chiron also added that UBS Securities recently released a report showing a 9% increase in bookings for 2021.
“There are a lot of people who were on departures canceled in 2020 and who are changing their reservations for 2021,” said Chiron.
A major problem is that countries around the world have different travel restrictions.
“Realistically, we are probably considering a restart of some ships in July,” said Chiron. “It’s not going to be 100%. “
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