First to sail?

Will we see all lines set sail at the same time? Will there be a breakout line that meets the CDC guidelines first and beats the competition?

Perhaps - Virgin (only one ship, short itineraries, controlled ports, and highly agile to do what it takes to start service)

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First the CDC must decide what they will condone. Then we shall see who is first.

Not only that, but ports have to open back up unless cruise lines plan on doing a cruise to nowhere.

Its a guessing game. Who gets CDC approval first?

All remains to be seen. Time will tell.

We have a winner. Bahama Paradise Cruises has a CDC approved plan and is scheduled to start in October.

https://www.travelweek.ca/news/bahamas-paradise-cruise-line-to-return-to-sea-in-late-august/

I will believe it when I see it!!!

Having an approved plan is a business enabler. Means once the gov't hold is lifted, you can run cruises. I continue to be amazed on how slow the industry has been in at least getting their ducks in a a row and getting plans approved. Small lines with small ships - BPC ships are around 700 passenger can probably have an easier time satisfying the gov't concerns.

At this point I'm more interested in seeing the industry preserved. If I don't get on a ship for a while that's fine, but there needs to be a way for the industry to keep afloat until the plague is dealt with.

I think you need to reread that thing...slowly....very slowly..I'm with AUNTIE on this one. mebbe whoever wrote that had a job as a political speech writer in a previous life...

Could be mistaken, but I believe cruises to nowhere (that originate from the U.S.) technically violate the Passenger Vessel Services Act. However, the cruise lines should be able to sale to their own privately owned islands.

The industry is slow to react because they want to make sure when they do that they have it right. Right now the industry is surviving on a wing and a prayer and there are so many uncertainties that everyone is waiting to see which way is up. The industry because of law suites is walking on egg shells.

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