Year: 2020

Cruise Chatter: Jason Montague, Seatrade Wrap-Up, Grenada and More

Right now, considerably-flung cruise journey throughout the globe could seem to be akin to a site in history—something men and women did in the earlier, specified the pandemic—not something for the present or upcoming. But, not so fast…

“The desire that we’re seeing from our friends for prolonged, exotic sailings has been unbelievable, particularly when taking into consideration the setting,” Jason Montague, president and CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, explained to Vacation Agent just lately. In point, the ultra-luxury line’s lengthy 2023 Entire world Cruises bought out swiftly, with Montague’s point of view that luxury tourists are “chomping a bit” to get again out there sailing to exotic locales.

In general, specifically on the lookout at the past half of 2021 and past, “we’re seeing desire throughout the regions—including the Seven Seas Splendor in the Baltics and Northern Europe,” he mentioned, also citing robust bookings for the line’s remote “Grand Arctic” itinerary. Friends on this itinerary are legitimate adventurers who motivation to check out some of the most remote spots on Earth which is “a testament to the luxury cruise place,” stated Montague, who adds: “It will be great to be equipped to relaunch.”

In 2021, Regent Seven Seas will posture Seven Seas Explorer in Alaska for the to start with time. But that “Last Frontier” has an included reward past just the bookings, he stated: Some 75 p.c of friends on upcoming Alaska sailings are new to the brand, in accordance to Montague. 

One business trend that Montague suggests has ongoing unabated even all through this pandemic 12 months is future multigenerational journey bookings. People with pent-up demand are keen to reconnect with relatives, Montague mentioned, including that his line creates lots of custom made deals with non-public excursions for families. That stated, Regent Seven Seas offers two,000-plus complimentary excursions throughout the globe for friends.

Going ashore, “active is definitely a trend,” stated Montague, as is “Go Community” to immerse friends in what it is basically like to reside in the vacation spot.

In general, the pandemic may have disrupted cruise line operations this 12 months, “we have incredibly seasoned tourists,” stated Montague. “They know how targeted we are on security protocols,” pointing to do the job by the “Healthier Sail Panel,” the latter shaped jointly by parent business Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) and Royal Caribbean Team.

“We wanted to make certain it wasn’t just the business industry experts but [top-notch scientific and healthcare industry experts] that are not tied immediately to us,” Montague stressed. “Having that independent panel pull with each other [to build] this information definitely increased the system.”

The “Healthier Sail Panel” submitted its protocol recommendations to the U.S. Centers for Ailment Manage and Avoidance (CDC) on September 21, as did Cruise Traces Intercontinental Association (CLIA). What’s his point of view of ready for timing on a CDC decision to carry the No Sail Purchase from U.S. ports? “We’re generally hopeful,” he stated, noting that