After major cruise lines around the world voluntarily cancel trips to the end of 2020, travelers will wonder when they will be able to sail again.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a Conditional Sail was issued last week calling for shipping lines to submit all the necessary documents at least 60 days before being approved to take part in a further passenger operations.
As a result, cruise lines will not be able to launch passenger service until at least early January.
UBS entertainment analyst Robin Farley and Truist Securities CEO Patrick Scholes both told Travel Weekly that the timeline for the cruise lines to meet the CDC requirements will likely boost any travel revenue. calendar to February.
“The bottom line is that the travel agencies won̵7;t be able to offer the travel to their passengers by December, but January looks doable, although February more likely, in line with what CDC has already the report was targeted, ”Farley told Travel Weekly.
The Association of International Travel Agencies (CLIA) announced that their members will extend the voluntary suspension of travel activities in the US until December 31.
The CLIA’s decision comes after travel agencies such as Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Carnival all privately announce the suspension of trips for the rest of the year.
The Conditional Sail includes a rich list of requirements that cruise lines must meet before they are allowed to sail again, including the need for each vessel to apply for a Conditional Cruise Certificate Sue to operate in US waters.
While requirements scramble travel routes for availability, travel advisers such as Expedia Cruises’ Karen Rutter believe it’s time to start re-booking.
“Now is a great time to book new year cruises,” says Rutter. “The yacht routes are offering free air, drinks, bonuses, excursions, Wi-Fi and even some BOGO discounts for the new year and through 2022.”
“I can’t think of a better holiday gift for my loved one,” Rutter continued. “The travel routes have always focused on hygiene and with the newly adopted protocols I feel very confident when I return to travel. Actually, I’m ordering one for myself in 2021 this week. “