with decreasing revenues and a lack of passengers during the global COVID-19
pandemic, some cruise line operators are taking an unpopular but necessary
step: selling off their ships or taking them out of service and recycling them.
Most modern cruise vessels have service lives of 40 years or more. It is not uncommon to see cruise ships built in the 1970s and 1980’s go to the breakers. Older vessels are often sold first to another, smaller cruise operator — a market that is often referred to as “second-hand tonnage.” However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can see now relatively young vessels to be sold or scrapped, as the cruise lines are looking to trim operational costs.
MSC Cruises to base ships at Port Canaveral next spring, starting November 2020 and becoming the fifth cruise line here.
MSC Cruises announced
Thursday that it will begin sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time this
winter and offer a year-round presence.
Starting with the MSC Seaside from November to March 2021 and followed by the elegant The MSC Divina that begins sailing at the end of March, the Swiss-based cruise line becomes the fifth major cruise line to have ships based at Port Canaveral.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced last week that it plans to
resume cruise operations as on August 1 and in China on July 1.
As a consequence of ongoing global public health circumstances, Royal Caribbean Cruises officially announced in a statement it decided to extend the suspension of most sailings through July 31, and sailings from China will be suspended through the end of June.
Carnival Cruise Line announced last week its
plans to gradually resume cruising in North America in August, nearly five
months after it stopped operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sailings will begin on August 1 with eight ships setting off from Galveston, Texas; Miami; Port Canaveral, Florida. The company noted they decided to resume operations at these ports as the majority of customers can easily drive to them.
According to Carnival’s website, the cruises will
sail to destinations including the Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico.