• Tom Drake

NCL Boss Says Three Months to Restart

In an earnings call on Thursday morning, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO told financial analysts that the company would probably need 90 days to get ships ready to go.

NCL Holdings CEO told analysts on Thursday that it would probably take 90 days to get restarted and that they hope to reintroduce one ship per week. According to Del Rio, because of that timing, they would need to start by June or July to be fully operational by the start of 2022.

“While 2020 has been without a doubt the most challenging year in the Company’s 50 plus year history, our team responded to the unprecedented environment with swift and decisive action. Our Company demonstrated once again its adaptability and resiliency, underscored by the unwavering commitment and dedication from our team members across the globe,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

“Looking ahead, we are encouraged by the accelerating rollout of vaccines, the progress towards herd immunity and the strong demand for future cruise vacations.”

He added that he does not expect a go-ahead from the CDC in the next few days although events are moving in the right direction.

He said it could be a few days, but also a few weeks.

“The prevalence of the disease will be best indicator when we can being cruising,” Del Rio noted. “And we are seeing a significant drop in cases and more vaccinations which point to the prevalence dropping.”

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