Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise anticipate increased 2021 demand

Three major cruise lines sailing the Caribbean are shifting focus to the 2021 season as COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with business in 2020.

Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise have pointed to 2021 bookings already returning to normal. Norwegian noted resumed bookings, “beginning in the fourth quarter 2020 accelerating through 2021 with the Company’s overall booked position and pricing for 2021 within historical ranges.”

Royal Caribbean also reported interest in cruising in 2021, saying, “the booked position for 2021 is within historical ranges when compared to same time last year with 2021 prices up mid-single-digits compared to 2020.”

Meanwhile, Carnival also said bookings for 2021 were “within historical ranges” and that 66% of those bookings were with former cruisers, showing the loyalty and interest in cruising once it’s safe to do so. Also encouraging, a majority of Carnival’s current cancellations are opting for credit on future cruises, with less than 38% requesting a cash refund.

By Billy Duberstein ApaNa