One day in May, practically two months after the cruise trade suspended operations due to the pandemic, Chris Richardson stood on a pier on a personal island within the Bahamas ready to board his third cruise ship in six days. Royal Caribbean Allure of the SeasMega-ship holding upwards of 6,400 passengers; options zip lining, surf simulators, mountaineering and an open-air Central Park with shops and restaurants.
The most visited ports in Mediterranean Sea are Barcelona (Spain), Civitavecchia (Italy), Palma (Spain) and Venice (Italy). Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contracted three Carnival Cruise Lines vessels (Carnival Fantasy, the former Carnival Holiday, and the Carnival Sensation) to house Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Cruise ships are organized much like floating hotels, with a whole hospitality staff in addition to the standard ship’s crew. It isn’t unusual for the most luxurious ships to have more crew and workers than passengers.