ROUGH WATERS: Cruise Recovery Jeopardized by Labour Crisis

While attempting to recover from an 18-month shutdown due to the pandemic, the cruise industry is also facing labour challenges, inflation, and threat of a recession, reports Reuters.

The industry employs about 250,000 onboard workers from over 100 countries, but these numbers have been impacted by pandemic-related visa restrictions on travel in many countries and a growing preference for flexible working hours, which have impacted cruise line’s hiring efforts.

As a result, companies such as Carnival Corp. have tweaked some services due to lower staff numbers while Norwegian Cruise Line has cancelled bookings for some sailings. Meanwhile, inflation may be causing some travellers to look to other leisure options.

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