The "hold up" to restart RCL being too passive

https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5394/?fbclid=IwAR2kOnFfFtdpsxbe3v1tZaNkAgTALStqZnbvtH8NkO03qkrh9o0ARy7kmwc

The link connects to an interview of Richard Fain, CEO of RCL. I've seen elements of this in 2 interviews, both "not our fault" - points to hold-ups by US and international health organizations in setting the new "standards" for cruising. Personal opinion, after working for the USG for many years; if you are waiting for a gov't organization to give you an answer (as he as stated in 2 interviews) (1) you won't be able to live with that answer, or (2) it will be so late as to adversely affect business operations.

As a customer and stockholder, I believe his story should be, "we are working with government organizations to jointly develop standards for restart of our industry" and we as an industry are working with our industry lobby Washington to ensure health organizations are reviewing our options and helping us to shape solutions to return to sailing before the end of this year."

There's an industry in peril. Leaders of that industry need to drive the company to develop the solutions then present to government organizations for approval. Don't wait for someone outside the industry to define the future of that industry.

Just my rant for today.

Tags: RCL

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True. If they wanted to start slow, they could run short 2-3 day runs from Miami to their own island on a small, lower cost ship, to evaluate any operational health protocols. You're correct, need a US port to open and you need the supply chain running to provision the ship.

The more I read about the large number of crew members, still not repatriated to their home countries, the more skeptical I become about any cruising in 2020.

Virgin Cruise line just published their plan (for public consumption).

This is what I was looking for from RCL and others. Its top level, but explains how they see operations. I guess all the lines have been working with gov't agencies, but they're not releasing information that provides confidence in the future. I applaud Virgin for leading the fleet on this announcement.

https://www.virginvoyages.com/ahoy/stories/voyage-well?mi_u=00Q3s000013h5XoEAI&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SL-VoyageWell&sfmc_id=

This is what I was hoping for. Leaning forward with a panel to develop protocols.

https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2020/07/06/royal-caribbean-creates-expert-panel-develop-cruise-ship-health-policies

Read VIRGINS "protocols"...good stuff....I notice there was no mention of seniors being carted off to the camps...I would "assume" those protocols have been officially blessed by the CDC prior to publication...Hope RCL, CCL, and NCL and a few others all follow suit. The devil is in the details...the "behind the scenes" details if ye follow....

Yes - very good - read those and applaud them. They were published ahead of RCL. Was disappointed with the speed anything was being published.

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