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USA Today featured Lubin Professor Andrew Coggins in "When will it be safe to cruise again? These signs that will help you decide when to sail"

02/05/2021

USA Today featured Lubin Professor Andrew Coggins in "When will it be safe to cruise again? These signs that will help you decide when to sail"

What will it take to start cruising again?

To resume sailing, the government has set strict standards for cruise lines.

"The lines have to be able to successfully, quickly and cheaply screen passengers before they board," says Andrew Coggins, a professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Cruise lines must also have CDC-approved procedures and facilities to identify, isolate and treat any cases that may get through the screening.

Coggins expects some cruise ships to meet those standards in the first half of the year, but most passengers won't feel safe planning a cruise until the CDC procedures are proven effective.

"The next couple of months will give an indication of whether the industry can return to operations this summer or fall," he says.

If you're interested in booking a cruise for late 2021, there's no need to wait, says Tanner Callais, editor of the cruise site Cruzely.com

"The good news through this pandemic is that passengers haven't been out any money, despite the turmoil," he says. Cruise lines have either refunded passengers or offered a generous credit. 

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Washington Post featured Lubin Professor Andrew Coggins in "Why testing won’t save the cruise industry from the coronavirus"

12/11/2020

Washington Post featured Lubin Professor Andrew Coggins in "Why testing won’t save the cruise industry from the coronavirus"

That delay will put a resumption of cruising closer to the distribution of a vaccine — a development observers expect will be a boost for the industry. “If everyone’s vaccinated, or if a large portion is vaccinated by next summer, the cruise industry should pick up relatively well,” says Andrew Coggins, a professor at Pace University who teaches cruise industry management.

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Marketwatch featured Professor Dr. Andrew Coggins in "Cruise operators took a deep bruising from COVID-19, but history says they will recover"

08/31/2020

Marketwatch featured Professor Dr. Andrew Coggins in "Cruise operators took a deep bruising from COVID-19, but history says they will recover"

Cruise companies are considering many changes in how passengers are boarded and to the onboard experience, to make their guests feel safer. Dr. Andrew Coggins, Jr., a professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, said cruises will be cleaning more, reducing capacity, spacing out the restaurant, beefing up the filtration systems and using ultraviolet cleaning tools.

The buffet, a longtime favorite of cruisers, may “go away altogether.”

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Financial Post featured Lubin Professor Andrew Coggins in "Cruises Are Coming Back. Here's What They'll Look Like"

05/26/2020

Financial Post featured Lubin Professor Andrew Coggins in "Cruises Are Coming Back. Here's What They'll Look Like"

“It’s a lot like what happened immediately after 9/11,” says Andrew Coggins, a cruise expert and professor of management at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. “Back then, ports of call suddenly became home ports because people were reluctant to fly.” In other words, cruise companies are diversifying departure points so more consumers can board a ship without having to board a plane.

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Al Jazeera featured Lubin Professor Andrew Coggins in "Cruise lines face legal storm over coronavirus outbreaks"

05/13/2020

Al Jazeera featured Lubin Professor Andrew Coggins in "Cruise lines face legal storm over coronavirus outbreaks"

"People like cruising. The industry has over 90-percent satisfaction rate," said Andrew Coggins, professor of management at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.

However, cruise lines will still have to undertake a lot of education on new safety protocols, he said.

"Though the industry is resilient, we are in uncharted waters," he added. "But once we start to come out of this, the industry will slowly start to pick up again and then once the vaccine is developed, we should see a return to previous numbers."

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