Carnival cancels visits to end of August
Another 16 cruise ship visits to Bermuda have been cancelled by Carnival Corporation. It means that one third of planned cruise ship visits to the island by all operators this year have now been called off.
Carnival, which operates Carnival Cruise Line, has extended the pause on its cruise ship voyages from June 27 to August 31, with a few exceptions. It has also pushed into the middle of October the cancellation of trips by its ships Sunrise and Radiance, both of which visit Bermuda.
At least 68 cruise ship visits scheduled for the island this year, from a projected total of 192, have now been cancelled.
As a consequence, Bermuda is set to miss out on about $60 million that would have been injected into the economy. That is based on the estimated loss of $45 million that would have been spent on the island by passengers. In addition, the Bermuda Government is expected to miss out on $15.5 million in revenue from cruise ship departure passenger tax and transport infrastructure tax.
The figures are calculated on the projected loss of just over 200,000 cruise visitors, which is the expected average passenger numbers from the cancelled ships as shown on the 2020 cruise ship schedule for Bermuda, and from the Bermuda Tourism Authority's 2019 estimated average spending on island of $224 per passenger.
Other cruise operators with ships making regular visits to Bermuda, and who have previously announced cancellations, include Royal Caribbean, which operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises.
It has suspended its voyages until June 10. Norwegian, which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, has cancelled sailings until the end of June.