Hawaii may not see any cruise traffic until the second half of next year.
A report by the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) says, “No cruise visitors until second half of 2021.”
“It will take 6 years for visitor arrivals to recover to the 2019 level. This is based on the 2009 great recession pace,” the report added.
Norwegian Cruise Line ran a dedicated year-round ship, the Pride of America. According to Fox Business, shares of the company were up 7 percent on Wednesday afternoon but have tanked 68 percent on the year.
“Cruise ships were some of the earliest clusters for coronavirus transmission outside of China. Perhaps the most notable example is the Grand Princess, which spent several days off the coast of California in early March before it was finally allowed to dock in Oakland,” Forbes noted in a report.
“The cruise industry has taken a tremendous hit since coronavirus began to spread, with shares of cruise lines falling over 80%,” the Forbes report read.
The DBEDT report says that Hawaii will welcome 3.4 million visitors in 2020 – a decrease of 67.5 percent from the 2019 level. “Visitor arrivals will increase to 6.2 million in 2021, 8.3 million in 2022, and 9.4 million in 2023. Visitor arrivals will not reach the 2019 level until 2025 based on the assumptions,” said the report.