The Pathway Forward Anticipates Substantial Cruise Growth, Are you Ready?

What Happens Now – Cruise Reset

It has now been more than two years since the entire worldwide cruise tourism industry ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent government interventions that impacted all facets of our lives. For the past year, the industry has been slowly and meticulously resetting the onboard and shoreside guest experience through the development of protocols and procedures to get back to the business of cruising and providing people worldwide with great holidays!

BA expects 305 vessels with 550,000 berths to be in the global market in May – 90% of the global fleet – just in time for the key Alaska and European cruise seasons. Not only will the cruise lines themselves be looking for bookings to increase and revenues to flourish, but as importantly, the industries supporting cruise have been idled as well and are keen to begin again.

No doubt the industry has shown resilience as it always has in the past, but by far this has been the biggest worldwide challenge. Each of the individual brands has charted and navigated separate pathways through the unprecedented health emergency, financial calamity, and enormous operational and sales & marketing challenges posed over the past two years. Now cruise brands are in many ways entering a new world where environment, sustainability, health, communication, and partnership, amongst others, are also part of the tourism industry atmosphere.

With the tide of the pandemic receding, and a world that is more knowledgeable and more prepared for life with coronavirus, cruising is back, stronger, and safer than ever.

Before the pandemic struck, cruises were the fastest growing sector within the travel industry. Based on the recovery to date, the order book, and announcements from key cruise lines, the industry is likely to regain that position. So we wanted to focus this bulletin on the future! What is next for the industry? What big ideas will be influencing it and how can we be prepared?

The Smart Play – Pathway Forward

As the industry opens over the next two to five years, the focus will be on profitability by increasing market share in new and existing regions and strategically developing cruise destinations, both new and existing, to meet future demand. (Based on the latest cruise ship orderbook, at least ~170,000 new berths will enter the market over the next 4.5 years.)

Perceptions and attitudes in the world have changed and they will impact how people look at travel, specifically cruise products. Maintaining high standards for onboard health and hygiene will be critical, as will the health impacts of cruise guests on ports worldwide. Geopolitical issues with the War in Ukraine and rising tensions with both China and Russia may also stifle the development of the much-touted China cruise market and make it untenable moving forward, as well as impact the Baltic region that has seen tremendous success. Thus, a focus, at least in the near- to mid-term, is moving the U.S. consumer-based cruise industry back to safer climes in the Caribbean region.

When that happens, coupled with the continued newbuild deliveries into the world cruise system, there will be strong demand for new and expanded destinations in key areas of the Caribbean region to absorb new deployments and repositioned vessels.

While North America homeport berth expansion is responding with new facilities coming online at the ports of Miami, Canaveral, Galveston, and Port Everglades, it is also critical to have destinations support substantial cruise growth and absorb community impacts. Strong partnerships grounded in mutual respect, cooperation, and communication will be vital to provide sustainable cruise destination development that will serve the industry and, most importantly, visitors and residents, into the future.

The cruise industry and tourism destinations need to develop a smarter growth strategy that addresses the realities of multiple vessels in port simultaneously, destination peaking, and the role the industry can play in course-correcting a better way forward.

Let’s Make a Plan Together

Cruise tourism destinations will be at the forefront of infrastructure development to support cruise tourism growth and deliver a valuable shoreside experience both at the homeport and port of call.

Luis Ajamil, our President & CEO, will be speaking on a Seatrade Cruise Global Panel on Wednesday, April 27th from 12:15 – 1:00 pm in room 206/208. The focus is on Increasing Caribbean & Mexico Port Capacity in Light of Home Port Expansion & Ship Deliveries into North America. Key points that will be discussed include the following:

• The pandemic, combined with geopolitical issues, is making the Caribbean and Americas markets the safe play for the industry.
• This creates more demand for destinations in certain parts of the Caribbean to be able to absorb capacity.
• In the western Caribbean, a combination of homeport and ports of call can succeed if properly planned.
• Older ports will need to retool to compete with new destinations.
• Shopping is no longer the main source of destination revenues…its visitor experiences. Combining the two could make for a smart play moving forward. 

Additionally, BA will be at booth (#1212) at Seatrade. Stop by to view our worldwide projects and new facilities, as well as to discuss more about the industry’s path forward and how BA can help you prepare for a successful future.

 

The BA Team is the leading cruise destination and port planning and development firms worldwide with projects located on six continents and its world-renowned expertise in cruise, cargo, and port operations, we stand as a global leader and one of only a handful of Cruise Facility Architectural Design, Marine Engineering and Planning firms responsible for shaping the way waterfronts/destinations operate and respond to the diverse and complex needs of the cruise industry.

BA has played a key role in the development of cruise port facilities by delivering innovative solutions to the growing travel demands of the world’s seaports to meet the needs and expectations of the cruise industry and its passengers.

BA leads the world in the number and breadth of cruise market assessments and strategic cruise tourism planning efforts performed for countries, ports, cities, tourism boards, cruise associations, private entities, investors, and port/terminal operators. 

BA CRUISE BULLETINS

Summary & Takeaways from Q3 Earnings Reports (CCL, RCG, NCLH)

A Normalizing Environment Paving Way for Strong 2023. The theme for CCL, RCG, and NCLH on this quarter’s earning calls was each company’s focus which has fully shifted from return to service to a relentless focus on return to strong profitability…

BA CRUISE BULLETIN – The Industry’s Quarterly Update from the Big Three (Public) Companies

This quarter’s earnings reports from Carnival Corp. (June 24), Royal Caribbean Group (July 28), and NCLH (August 9) have sent stocks down, up, and back down again, but overall, the business seems to have taken positive turns, including each company’s operating cash flow for the quarter…

Another Global Hurdle for the Cruise Industry? An Industry on the Rise

According to the most recent World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects Report, compounding the damage from the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has magnified the slowdown in the global economy, which is entering what could become a protracted period of feeble growth and elevated inflation. The U.S. inflation rate passed 8.3%, the highest in more than 40 years, accompanied by the highest nationwide gas prices ever, and amidst the need for workers in many service industries, there have been layoffs in key tech sectors.

Big Three Cruise Corporations Q1 Earnings Summary

Resounding across all the major cruise operators’ quarterly earnings calls this week (CCLs in March), was that the industry (and each of the brands) have all reached “significant milestones” in their restart process that need to be celebrated. While 2022 is undoubtedly a transition year, 2023 appears to be shaping up to reach the industry’s full potential. NCLH’s presentation included the graphic below, which shows how far the industry has come over the last two and a half years of near-complete shutdown. In this newsletter, BA compares and summarizes key performance, financials, and trends across the big three cruise corporations based on their recent quarterly earnings calls.

The Pathway Forward Anticipates Substantial Cruise Growth, Are you Ready?

It has now been more than two years since the entire worldwide cruise tourism industry ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent government interventions that impacted all facets of our lives. For the past year, the industry has been slowly and meticulously resetting the onboard and shoreside guest experience through the development of protocols and procedures to get back to the business of cruising and providing people worldwide with great holidays!

BA Cruise Bulletin – Future of the Cruise Industry is Bright, According to the Major Cruise Lines

Protocols are Working, and Restoring Consumer Confidence in the Sector Many people have said in recent times that…

BA CRUISE BULLETIN – 95% Berths in Operation by August; Talk to Us at Seatrade to See What That Means for You!

It has been a while since our BA team ventured forth and sent out a cruise bulletin, mostly focused on Covid-19 and the cruise industry recovery…

What Happens Now – Cruise Reset

What Happens Now – Cruise Reset

It has now been more than two years since the entire worldwide cruise tourism industry ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent government interventions that impacted all facets of our lives. For the past year, the industry has been slowly and meticulously resetting the onboard and shoreside guest experience through the development of protocols and procedures to get back to the business of cruising and providing people worldwide with great holidays!

BA expects 305 vessels with 550,000 berths to be in the global market in May – 90% of the global fleet – just in time for the key Alaska and European cruise seasons. Not only will the cruise lines themselves be looking for bookings to increase and revenues to flourish, but as importantly, the industries supporting cruise have been idled as well and are keen to begin again.

No doubt the industry has shown resilience as it always has in the past, but by far this has been the biggest worldwide challenge. Each of the individual brands has charted and navigated separate pathways through the unprecedented health emergency, financial calamity, and enormous operational and sales & marketing challenges posed over the past two years. Now cruise brands are in many ways entering a new world where environment, sustainability, health, communication, and partnership, amongst others, are also part of the tourism industry atmosphere.

With the tide of the pandemic receding, and a world that is more knowledgeable and more prepared for life with coronavirus, cruising is back, stronger, and safer than ever.

Before the pandemic struck, cruises were the fastest growing sector within the travel industry. Based on the recovery to date, the order book, and announcements from key cruise lines, the industry is likely to regain that position. So we wanted to focus this bulletin on the future! What is next for the industry? What big ideas will be influencing it and how can we be prepared?

The Smart Play – Pathway Forward

As the industry opens over the next two to five years, the focus will be on profitability by increasing market share in new and existing regions and strategically developing cruise destinations, both new and existing, to meet future demand. (Based on the latest cruise ship orderbook, at least ~170,000 new berths will enter the market over the next 4.5 years.)

Perceptions and attitudes in the world have changed and they will impact how people look at travel, specifically cruise products. Maintaining high standards for onboard health and hygiene will be critical, as will the health impacts of cruise guests on ports worldwide. Geopolitical issues with the War in Ukraine and rising tensions with both China and Russia may also stifle the development of the much-touted China cruise market and make it untenable moving forward, as well as impact the Baltic region that has seen tremendous success. Thus, a focus, at least in the near- to mid-term, is moving the U.S. consumer-based cruise industry back to safer climes in the Caribbean region.

When that happens, coupled with the continued newbuild deliveries into the world cruise system, there will be strong demand for new and expanded destinations in key areas of the Caribbean region to absorb new deployments and repositioned vessels.

While North America homeport berth expansion is responding with new facilities coming online at the ports of Miami, Canaveral, Galveston, and Port Everglades, it is also critical to have destinations support substantial cruise growth and absorb community impacts. Strong partnerships grounded in mutual respect, cooperation, and communication will be vital to provide sustainable cruise destination development that will serve the industry and, most importantly, visitors and residents, into the future.

The cruise industry and tourism destinations need to develop a smarter growth strategy that addresses the realities of multiple vessels in port simultaneously, destination peaking, and the role the industry can play in course-correcting a better way forward.

Let’s Make a Plan Together

Cruise tourism destinations will be at the forefront of infrastructure development to support cruise tourism growth and deliver a valuable shoreside experience both at the homeport and port of call.

Luis Ajamil, our President & CEO, will be speaking on a Seatrade Cruise Global Panel on Wednesday, April 27th from 12:15 – 1:00 pm in room 206/208. The focus is on Increasing Caribbean & Mexico Port Capacity in Light of Home Port Expansion & Ship Deliveries into North America. Key points that will be discussed include the following:

• The pandemic, combined with geopolitical issues, is making the Caribbean and Americas markets the safe play for the industry.
• This creates more demand for destinations in certain parts of the Caribbean to be able to absorb capacity.
• In the western Caribbean, a combination of homeport and ports of call can succeed if properly planned.
• Older ports will need to retool to compete with new destinations.
• Shopping is no longer the main source of destination revenues…its visitor experiences. Combining the two could make for a smart play moving forward. 

Additionally, BA will be at booth (#1212) at Seatrade. Stop by to view our worldwide projects and new facilities, as well as to discuss more about the industry’s path forward and how BA can help you prepare for a successful future.

The BA Team is the leading cruise destination and port planning and development firms worldwide with projects located on six continents and its world-renowned expertise in cruise, cargo, and port operations, we stand as a global leader and one of only a handful of Cruise Facility Architectural Design, Marine Engineering and Planning firms responsible for shaping the way waterfronts/destinations operate and respond to the diverse and complex needs of the cruise industry.

BA has played a key role in the development of cruise port facilities by delivering innovative solutions to the growing travel demands of the world’s seaports to meet the needs and expectations of the cruise industry and its passengers.

BA leads the world in the number and breadth of cruise market assessments and strategic cruise tourism planning efforts performed for countries, ports, cities, tourism boards, cruise associations, private entities, investors, and port/terminal operators. 

CRUISE BULLETINS

Summary & Takeaways from Q3 Earnings Reports (CCL, RCG, NCLH)

A Normalizing Environment Paving Way for Strong 2023. The theme for CCL, RCG, and NCLH on this quarter’s earning calls was each company’s focus which has fully shifted from return to service to a relentless focus on return to strong profitability…

BA CRUISE BULLETIN – The Industry’s Quarterly Update from the Big Three (Public) Companies

This quarter’s earnings reports from Carnival Corp. (June 24), Royal Caribbean Group (July 28), and NCLH (August 9) have sent stocks down, up, and back down again, but overall, the business seems to have taken positive turns, including each company’s operating cash flow for the quarter…

Another Global Hurdle for the Cruise Industry? An Industry on the Rise

According to the most recent World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects Report, compounding the damage from the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has magnified the slowdown in the global economy, which is entering what could become a protracted period of feeble growth and elevated inflation. The U.S. inflation rate passed 8.3%, the highest in more than 40 years, accompanied by the highest nationwide gas prices ever, and amidst the need for workers in many service industries, there have been layoffs in key tech sectors.

Big Three Cruise Corporations Q1 Earnings Summary

Resounding across all the major cruise operators’ quarterly earnings calls this week (CCLs in March), was that the industry (and each of the brands) have all reached “significant milestones” in their restart process that need to be celebrated. While 2022 is undoubtedly a transition year, 2023 appears to be shaping up to reach the industry’s full potential. NCLH’s presentation included the graphic below, which shows how far the industry has come over the last two and a half years of near-complete shutdown. In this newsletter, BA compares and summarizes key performance, financials, and trends across the big three cruise corporations based on their recent quarterly earnings calls.

The Pathway Forward Anticipates Substantial Cruise Growth, Are you Ready?

It has now been more than two years since the entire worldwide cruise tourism industry ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent government interventions that impacted all facets of our lives. For the past year, the industry has been slowly and meticulously resetting the onboard and shoreside guest experience through the development of protocols and procedures to get back to the business of cruising and providing people worldwide with great holidays!

BA Cruise Bulletin – Future of the Cruise Industry is Bright, According to the Major Cruise Lines

Protocols are Working, and Restoring Consumer Confidence in the Sector Many people have said in recent times that…

BA CRUISE BULLETIN – 95% Berths in Operation by August; Talk to Us at Seatrade to See What That Means for You!

It has been a while since our BA team ventured forth and sent out a cruise bulletin, mostly focused on Covid-19 and the cruise industry recovery…

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