Travel Restrictions Since Coronavirus Pandemic
Cruise Line: The coronavirus pandemic is not in a mood to stop. The virus has forced people to practice social distancing measures in order to avoid the virus. Due to the same reason, the travel industry has taken a big hit. Ever since the pandemic, the trains operating in different parts of the world have stopped their operations due to the fear of the virus. While many countries have started with domestic flights, international flight operations are still taking place. However, the pandemic has taken hit at another sector of the industry, which is the cruise lines operating in the sea. Many cruise lines have shut down due to lack of operation, and there is a new victim to this problem.
Birka Cruises Shuts Down Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
The new casualty on the list is Birka Cruises. The cruise has decided to shut down after nearly three and a half months without any trips to the sea. The cruise was not famous in North America. The cruise went for regular two-to-four night Baltic cruises out of Stockholm, Sweden. It also went for day trips around the Stockholm archipelago. The cruise had a capacity of 1430 passengers.
Official Statement From Birka Cruises
The officials have not revealed what would happen to their magnificent ship. Their official statement said, “The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic’s track … has hit us hard. The uncertainty about how travel will develop has also contributed to our having to make this decision after evaluating all possible alternatives. All of us who have worked at Birka Cruises want to take the opportunity to thank you for all the happy laughs and encouraging comments over the years. It is said that the guest does the party, and you as our guest really did. Big thanks for everything!”
More Cruises Affected By The Coronavirus Pandemic
Another cruise line to stop its operations permanently is Pullmantur, which is partly-owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises. The cruise line is reportedly going to send the cruises to scrappers. As per their reports in May, they incurred a loss of $1.4 billion for the first quarter. In comparison, the line reported a profit of $250 million in the first quarter of the previous year.