Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio said Monday he was confident that the cruise operator could safely sail this summer for the first time in more than a year.
Earlier in the day, the company sent a proposal to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how the Norwegian Cruise could travel again in July. The proposed measures include requiring all passengers and workers on board to be fully vaccinated several weeks before disembarking, and a 60% capacity on board, the capacity will increase by 20% every 30 days thereafter.
“I challenge you to tell me of any other place where there is such a steel-clad health and safety measure … a cruise ship will de facto become the safest place in the world,”; said Delri. Oh told CNBC’s Jim Cramer for the “Mad Money” interview. “We want to start as safe as possible, and that’s … everyone on board needs to be vaccinated.”
The company’s proposals and Del Rio comments come more than a year after the CDC banned cruise ships due to the coronavirus outbreak on ships around the world.
Norwegians earn 80% lower in 2020 as the epidemic response increases the travel and vacation industry. Management hopes to resume operations and gradually welcome more and more guests over time.
“It’s time to go back to the cruise,” Del Rio said. “I don’t want to say I dare to let the CDC do anything, but I want to hear any feedback that suggests this is not the best way to return. Come to cruise again “
Norwegian shares jumped 7 percent on Monday to close at $ 29.71 a share.