Cruise companies have majorly depended on technological advances to keep things moving swiftly. And have opted for technology that has helped to run operations in more environmentally friendly ways. Such as the use of cleaner fuels to reduce emissions and decreasing the expense of fuel.
Cruise companies are using high tech capabilities that help to optimize the propulsion rate and monitor the speed. In a survey taken by GlobalData, about 34% of respondents were eager to seek news about a brand’s sustainability initiatives in spite of the pandemic situation.
Hurtigruten Leading the Technology in Waters
Travel and tourism analyst at GlobalData, Ben Cordwell said, “The main priority for cruise companies at this moment is survival. This will rightly be the main focus until a sense of normality returns to the industry. However, companies should be aware that throwing all their resources at this challenge could have serious repercussions in the long term.” The one cruise line that leads in the ways of sustainable practices is Hurtigruten. Recently the cruise line has initiated the use of the hybrid vessel, the MS Roald Amundsen.
Other than this, the company has announced to convert three more existing ships. As the travel industry is on a standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many travelers will move forward with vacations that will not affect the environment. “As the general public’s awareness of environmental damage increases, some travelers are likely to be reluctant to go on a holiday with a large carbon footprint.
Therefore, it is essential that cruise companies continue to invest in sustainable technology to ensure they continue to attract customers in the years to come.” Said Ben Cordwell.
Cruise Ships Banned in COVID-19
The US government restricts passengers from traveling on the ships as people were being affected by COVID-19. Because of this reason many cruise companies have canceled or changed their itineraries. As many countries across the world have travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus. Some cruise ships that have confirmed coronavirus cases are, Holland America’s MS Zaandam and Artania cruise ship operated by Phoenix Reisen.
These ships reported four and seven positive COVID-19 cases respectively. Ruby Princess cruise ship, which is operated by Princess Cruise had three confirmed cases of COVID-19 positive passengers. Another cruise with the case was Celebrity Solstice, which had a confirmed case of a 60-year old man.