Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio said on Monday that he is confident that cruise operators can sail safely this summer, for the first time in more than a year.
Earlier in the day, the company sent a proposal to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning how the Norwegian cruise ship would sail again in July. The proposed measures include requiring adequate vaccinations for passengers and workers on board a few weeks before disembarkation, and limiting boarding capacity to 60%. Thereafter, the capacity will be increased by 20% every 30 days.
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The company’s proposal and Del Rio’s comments came more than a year after the CDC placed an order for cruise ships without sails due to the global Covid-19 outbreak.
Due to the pandemic’s damage to the tourism and holiday industries, Norwegian Airline’s revenue has fallen by 80% in 2020. The executives hope to resume operations and gradually welcome more and more guests over time.
Del Rio said: “It’s time to go back to cruise.” “I don’t want to say that I dare to do anything CDC, but I want to hear any feedback that this is not the best way to go back and cruise again.”
On Monday, the stock rose 7% to close at $29.71 per share.