Travel Weekly UK: Basically, in society we rely on social conscience and peer group pressure to enforce most laws. And although I see this working for enforcing the wearing of facemasks at airports and on flights, when thousands of pounds and a family holiday is on the line people may start bending the rules. How many people returning to the UK in the last couple of weeks have actually quarantined themselves for 14 days. I’m sure we all know a few who have not. I’m not immune, and I’m not telling everybody to sod off with their Covid-19 restrictions. But I fear that, soon, many people will be.
“Crises of the magnitude of Covid-19 spur a binary result for enterprises: innovation or collapse. And the high degree of risk posed to cruise lines is measurable, reflected in the cost of the loans and investments they arranged to ensure midterm liquidity. But signs have emerged that cruising will not only survive but even offer a case study of exemplary crisis management.”
— Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly
Bournemouth Daily Echo ; Whilst the appearance of up to four cruise ships from the Carnival Group of companies is currently an attraction in Poole Bay, we need to discourage them anchoring off near the conurbation. Just 30 miles to the east, Southampton is one of the top six towns and cities in the UK with the poorest air quality, and a significant contributor to this is shipping including cruise ships.
View from the Wing: Ultimately once the effect of the virus trails off dragging down air travel, aviation growth tends to mirror the economy. How quickly air travel returns is both caused by, and in part determined by, growth in travel (especially business travel). I’ve been pessimistic about a ‘v-shaped recovery’ hope from the start though we’ve fallen far enough that initial growth numbers will look impressive. But I believe it will be some time before the economy returns to its previous trajectory.
Rene’s Points: The image above features the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Getaway floating in the tranquil Caribbean. I was last on the ship just this past February and I really miss the sea. I would love to, right now, be on board a ship just about anywhere. Well, if COVID-19 were gone.
Fox News: Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald is calling out racism in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd. “Racism is real.
Not just here in the U.S., but around the world,” Donald said in a letter to employees Wednesday. “Injustice and brutality are real. They’ve been with us forever despite many efforts to eradicate both.”
“The past week teaches us a hard lesson: we have assumed progress in this area, but the actual progress has not evolved as far as we have all assumed or hoped. There hasn’t been some sudden spike in racism, just more people recording incidents and showing us in a tangible way what so many feel every day. Or, as Will Smith put it, ‘Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.’
“At the end of the day, it is still much harder to be a person of color in America than it is to be white. We can go months trying to tell ourselves otherwise; then there is yet another episode like George Floyd’s to remind us of the hard reality.”
— Richard Fain, CEO and chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Bill Geist’s Zeitgeist: It’s what drove a significant amount of pre-VID tourism over the past five years; the sense that one can learn about a place through its food. Anthony Bourdain showed us this truth…and travel consumers bought into the concept.
As we watch the professional research firms reveal the thoughts of today’s travel consumers, there are also the one-off polls that do not necessarily reflect America, but the readership of a particular online publication.
Such is the case with SmartBrief, a daily compilation of fascinating articles from around the world. The respondents to their polls could be expected to skew white-collar business professionals…and that’s what is so concerning with last week’s poll: Do you expect your dining habits to change after the pandemic?
This series is focusing on how the industry might emerge from the disastrous set of circumstances that the travel, tourism and hospitality sector finds itself in.
Phocuswire continues with the next and final theory: Scenario 4: Travel moves from atoms to bits.
Washington Post: Cruise lines are lowering prices to lure passengers back. Right now, though, serious, scientifically backed changes mean more to me than rock-bottom deals. I hope cruise companies take this opportunity to implement policies that rebuild confidence and enhance sailing for the long term.
For me, the reconfigured shipboard experience will need to up the cleanliness ante, decrease passenger numbers and make it easy to maintain social distancing — but stay fun. These changes would help convince me that a cruise vacation is as safe and healthy a choice as a stay at a large resort.