Mid year update - June 10, 2022
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Its been a busy 6 months!

The first six months of 2022 have flown by, I mean that very literally actually.  The Worldwide team has been extremely busy inspecting ships and delivering cruises for our clients.  Flexibility is still a term we need to work with as government regulations are still evolving all over the world, so be prepared.  The one thing that has been a constant for us is seeing how happy people (passengers and crew alike) are to be on a ship and cruising again.
Pricing for cruises, both groups and charters, has remained pretty constant, if not slightly higher than 2019 pricing.  In the near term you might see soft dollar give aways, like free Wi-Fi or drinks on mass market ships or free tours on luxury ships but not give away pricing.  After borrowing over 35 billion to stay afloat I think you can understand why pricing has to go up not down.  Compare the price of a comparable cruise to any hotel program you are contemplating and you are going to take the cruise if money is of any concern.  Hotel and airline prices are OMG!  NOT CRUISES….
As I am sure you have noticed in your everyday life staffing at all levels seems to be struggling and the hospitality industry has certainly been particularly hard hit. The hotel industry in the states and Europe seems to have really taken the hit with rooms and dining taking the biggest hit.  The cruise industry, having to get and train new staff, has taken the approach of controlling capacity until they feel they are back 100%.  So you still see the smiling faces, behind the mask, and genuine friendly nice crew that you expect on a ship.  The crew really are happy to see you and be back to work.  In some ways service couldn’t be better.
This newsletter contains numerous cruise reviews that I hope you enjoy.  Remember you can always call us with questions about cruises, we generally have the answer or can get one.  Please visit us at IMEX in Las Vegas or ITBM World in Barcelona.    -Steve  


On June 10th the Biden administration finally dropped entry requirements for COVID testing to inbound air travelers. This change is set to take place on Sunday and is a welcomed change for the travel industry. 

Holland America Rotterdam 

I had the priviledge of sailing on the new Holland America Rotterdam. I, together with a client of ours, joined her mid cruise in Barbados, for a 4 day site inspection for an upcoming charter at the end of January.               This was the Rotterdams second retail cruise so some things relating to  [...]

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Seabourn Odyssey
In March we had the opportunity to sail on Seabourn Odyssey in the Caribbean. Our itinerary was Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba with a day at sea. Admittedly it has been awhile since anyone from Worldwide had sailed on a Seabourn ship so we were all really looking forward to seeing what [...]
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Wonder of the Seas
In April I had the chance to sail on the newest Royal Caribbean ship, Wonder of the Seas. (In fact, she was so new she still had that new ship smell.) In case you didn’t know, she is the largest ship in the water today. With 18 passenger decks, 2867 total cabins, she can hold a whopping 6,988 passengers! In typical Royal [...]
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More and more cruise lines are getting back to normal operations with full fleets now in service. Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, Silversea, Ponant, and more have all returned to excited passengers and crew. 

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