World Cruise Center LA expects more than 24 cruise ships by early February

The World Cruise Center in Los Angeles has said that it was anticipating the arrival of more than 24 cruise ship calls by the end of early February.

It said that the calls would be technical stops for provisions, bunkering, and crew changes. There would be no passengers onboard any of the vessels.

Ships from Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line had scheduled calls in the Port of Los Angeles during the first days of the new year.

The Port has estimated that each large cruise ship that calls at the port contributes about $1m to local businesses and the economy. The end of global cruises in mid-March 2020 has impacted not only the major cruise lines, but also handling agents, port stevedores, the port authority, bunkering and local farmers.

So far the World Cruise Center has suffered 93 cancellations since last March.

Currently there are many cruise ships surrounding the USA, having returned from their earlier journeys to unload crew at their home ports or nearby.

In Los Angeles the Carnival Panorama and Norwegian Jewel are outside the port.

The Celebrity Millennium is anchored near the port of San Diego, while a little further out are the Princess cruise line ships Royal, Emerald, Majestic, and Ruby Princess, five Holland America ships (Noordam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Koningsdam, Zuiderdam, and Westerdam), and also the Carnival Miracle, according to a Cruise Hive report.

Meanwhile on the Atlantic Coast there are upwards of 40 cruise ships near either South-Florida or the Bahamas.

The cruise lines are reported to believe that they will be able to get some kind of sailing going within the next few months, with test cruises being planned over the next few weeks.