Expect more itineraries to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings‘ two private, Caribbean destinations as the company’s three brands return to service, CEO Frank Del Rio said today. Del Rio told analysts on an earnings call that the cruise company is the only one with a private destination in both the Bahamas, with Great Stirrup Cay, and the Western Caribbean, where it developed Harvest Caye in Belize.
“Because of the pandemic. Harvest Caye will be more utilized than it has been in the past as we position vessels around the southern part of the country that can reach Belize and come back in seven days,” Del Rio said. “We’ve very happy with those two islands.”
However, when asked if the company is thinking of investing in more private destinations, Del Rio said that the pandemic will not last forever. “I don’t want to make long-term investments in order to fix a short-term problem,” he said. “We’ve seen that our customers like the destinations. and I’m glad I’ve got two of them. But I do think the pandemic won’t last forever. We will return to normalcy, and people do like variety on itineraries and port-intensive itineraries, and our plan is to continue to offer that.”
Last week, Royal Caribbean International’s senior vice president of sales, trade support and service, Vicki Freed, also said that the first sailings the line offers when it resumes service will be to its private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.