Rough waters ahead for cruise industry
Cruise industries face staffing challenges ahead of record travel season. FOX Business’ Ashley Webster with more.
After two years of COVID lockdowns and juggling health-related guidelines, the cruise industry is facing its latest round of challenges as a record travel season is expected this summer.
Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic told FOX Business’ Ashley Webster that the supply chain issues have caused delays for many cruise lines that were set to unveil new ships to the public.
"We've seen a number of cruise ships being delayed for their debuts because of that," McDaniel said.
But, as McDaniel noted, supply chain issues aren't the only ones plaguing the industry this summer: Ongoing staffing shortages have assisted in stunting the industry’s post-pandemic rebound, forcing the world’s most notable cruise companies to find new ways to accommodate passengers.
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In a statement to FOX Business, Norwegian Cruise Lines told the network that "due to the tight labor market, we have not been able to fully staff pride of America. Therefore, in order to maintain the highest possible onboard guest experience, we are operating at a lower guest capacity."
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Flexibility has been key to navigating the travel industry and in order to ensure the best experience for their customers, cruise liners are being forced to limit the occupancy on their ships.
But as staffing woes pose as a major concern across multiple businesses, the cruise industry has a unique case as most cruise ships employ people from overseas.