Coronavirus and Cruises

Breaking news and in-depth reporting on how COVID-19 is impacting cruise lines, travel agents, ports of call, and major brands including Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and more. For broader coverage of coronavirus and its impact on the travel industry, please visit our liveblog.

Carnival and Royal Caribbean Receive UK Coronavirus Aid After Cruise Snub in U.S.

Carnival and Royal Caribbean Receive UK Coronavirus Aid After Cruise Snub in U.S.

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Given the longstanding critique of the cruise industry's business model, some critics were pleasantly surprised when U.S. Congress declined to give federal assistance to the industry back in April. Few noticed when the UK did just that as part of its Covid-19 corporate recovery package.

6 hours ago

Judge Tosses Out Pandemic Lawsuits Filed by Grand Princess Cruise Passengers

Judge Tosses Out Pandemic Lawsuits Filed by Grand Princess Cruise Passengers

Tom Hals, Reuters

Good riddance. Let's hope other frivolous suits get shot down, too.

22 hours ago

Rivals Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line Team Up on Restart

Rivals Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line Team Up on Restart

Helen Coster, Reuters

Cruise lines have a lot of work ahead to reassure passengers they're in safe hands after months of bad press. This partnership should help.

1 week ago

It Won’t Get Better in the Second Half of 2020

It Won’t Get Better in the Second Half of 2020

Rafat Ali, Skift

Let's start planning 2021, assuming most of our businesses get there ...

2 weeks ago

See How the Tourism Rebound Is All But Stalled: Skift Recovery Index

See How the Tourism Rebound Is All But Stalled: Skift Recovery Index

Wouter Geerts, Skift

To find the paths out of this crisis, more and better data really is key. We have added more data points to better track the travel industry’s recovery, but it's not particularly good news.

3 weeks ago

Rethinking Skift’s 2020 Travel Megatrends in a Pandemic World

Rethinking Skift’s 2020 Travel Megatrends in a Pandemic World

Skift

Right before coronavirus brought the travel industry to its knees, we released our Megatrends Defining Travel in 2020. We've gone back and looked at those trends through the prism of the pandemic. Check out how things have changed.

3 weeks ago

Carnival Expects to Burn $650 Million a Month While Cruise Operations Are Paused

Carnival Expects to Burn $650 Million a Month While Cruise Operations Are Paused

Rosie Spinks, Skift

When will Carnival cruise again? Company execs seem to be saying our guess is as good as theirs.

4 weeks ago

Will the Months-Long Cruise Standstill Spur Any Meaningful Reforms?

Will the Months-Long Cruise Standstill Spur Any Meaningful Reforms?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

On World Oceans Day, a coalition of activists is calling on the cruise industry to use this unprecedented long-term pause in operations as a chance to reform. But how likely is it that change will happen — and where will it come from?

1 month ago

Canada’s Large Cruise Ship Ban Extended Until Oct. 31

Canada’s Large Cruise Ship Ban Extended Until Oct. 31

Steve Scherer, Reuters

Fall foliage cruises through Canada are essentially a no-go this season due to the latest extension of a large cruise ship ban because of coronavirus.

2 months ago

100,000 Americans Died. Did We Examine the Role of Travel In It?

100,000 Americans Died. Did We Examine the Role of Travel In It?

Rafat Ali, Skift

We have to ask the hardest questions, and answer them, for the sake of hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens dead here in America and around the world — and the billions who are still alive.

2 months ago

More U.S. Consumers Plan to Spend More on Travel Over Next 12 Months Than Before the Pandemic: Skift’s Latest Travel Tracker

More U.S. Consumers Plan to Spend More on Travel Over Next 12 Months Than Before the Pandemic: Skift’s Latest Travel Tracker

Haixia Wang, Skift Research

When and how consumers will travel again might have a lot to do with how their lives are impacted by Covid-19. Our April travel tracker analysis delves into the details.

2 months ago

Travel’s Reopening: A Global Timeline From the Skift Team

Travel’s Reopening: A Global Timeline From the Skift Team

Rafat Ali, Skift

Our Reopening Timeline explains the when and the where of how the reopening and potential recovery of travel goes from here. Check it out at Reopening.travel.

2 months ago