NCL's Del Rio Says Mandates Are Working
Del Rio tells Travel Weekly that they also give his lines a competitive advantage.
A very confident sounding Frank Del Rio told Travel Weekly's Arnie Weissman that he has the numbers that prove that his vaccine mandate is working.
Del Rio said is response to Weissman's question as to whether consumer surveys have shown that people want to sail on fully vaccinated ships "The best consumer survey is facts, and the fact is we -- and when I say we, I mean all three brands (Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises) -- are better booked for the second half of 2022 and throughout 2023 by a wide, wide margin and at much higher prices than at any time in 2019 or 2020 before the pandemic hit. "That is proof positive that having a 100% vaccination mandate for our vessels is a competitive advantage."
Del Rio also said that even though everyone in the country is not vaccinated that "While you can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time, in this environment, the vast majority of our target market wants to be around people who are vaccinated."
Del Rio also answered YES to the question(to huge applause) whether his company would continue to fight the State of Florida in court over the state's vaccine rules. Del Rio said "We will protect the health and safety of our guests and our crew. If that means we have to continue a legal fight to protect our guests, we will. It's beyond my comprehension how the leadership of this country -- whether it's at the White House level, the governor's mansion, the legislature, the judges, the mayors -- have failed to protect us," Del Rio continued. "If they don't do it, we will."