Clia Brasil predicts success in the cruise season

PANRO BAG / Emerson Souza

Marco Ferraz, President of Clia Brasil

In the next cruise season, a calmer sea awaits the Brazilian traveler. The sky coming out of the northern hemisphere summer should guide the compasses of our peak season, and that’s where companies are breaking sales records. Nearly 90% of the fleet of Clia (Cruise Lines International Association) members sails with a focus on Alaska, the Caribbean and Europe. The pent-up demand for cruises is being unleashed in an overwhelming way, a sign that consumers are generally confident in spending their holidays on the high seas with all the attractions that the modality offers something for everyone.

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Pier Maua in Rio de Janeiro

Pier Maua in Rio de Janeiro

The good wind from outside applauds the president of the Brazilian Cruises Association, Clia Brasil, Marco Ferraz. We will have eight ships, 176 days of cabotage transport (six months), 160 routes, 674 thousand berths offered and 16 destinations, including neighboring Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Punta del Este. Not to mention that Brazil is once again a major transit destination for long-haul ships.

PANROTAS – What are the highlights of the 2022/23 season?
MARCO FERRAZ- The cabotage season is going to be excellent and we are looking forward to it. Seeing what’s happening in the Northern Hemisphere right now makes us even more excited. It will be a longer season, six months. We are increasing the number of shipments in Brazilian ports and looking for more options for the next one. That much scale is favorable to fate. Before the pandemic, each passenger who got off the ship left an average of R$557 in the city. Not to mention the five shipping ports, Itajaí (SC), Santos (SP), Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Maceió.

It will be another season of big ships. Three of the eight ships that will arrive will have a capacity of more than five thousand passengers. We are also excited to return to Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Punta del Este, with many ships calling in and bringing Argentinians and Uruguayans to our coast. The first ship arrives here on October 29 and the last one departs on April 20.

PANROTAS – You mean we have the World Cup on board?
MARCO FERRAZ- Yes, let’s cheer for the selection on the cruises. The companies have the infrastructure to broadcast the matches live. There will also be three charters to Qatar.

PANROTAS – And the long-haul ships?
FERRAZ- We are also very excited about it. It’s been a long time since we’ve had such a good season here for long-haul ships, especially after the issue of border closures. The schedule is subject to change, but in principle 33 have been confirmed with a stopover in Brazil, operational in 222 days. They arrive earlier than the cabotage vessels and depart later.

PANROTAS – How can the travel agency benefit from these long-haul ships?
FERRAZ- He can and should benefit. More than 20 companies will stop in Brazil on long cruises. In addition to NCL, Costa Cruises itself, which will have cabotage, will have two passages. MSC Cruises also has the Magnífica pass. We, at Clia, can help the agent and put him in touch with these companies, while our platform in Portuguese for the Brazilian market is not yet ready.

PANROTAS – And what are you most concerned about? What are the main challenges?
FERRAZ- The protocols are being discussed again with the health authorities. From now on we will meet at least monthly with an interdepartmental committee. Civil House, Health, Justice and Infrastructure are involved, all thanks to the Ministry of Tourism, which we thank for cooperating during all this time. In addition, there is the cost, tax and regulatory agenda, which also involves other fronts.

PANROTAS – Don’t you fear that new variants will strongly influence the season?
FERRAZ- We have shown that we are capable of handling these kinds of situations. The infection rate on board is infinitely lower than in other modes. We have a hospital on and off the ship in case something happens. No other travel model can offer the travel security of a cruise. We are preparing for the level of experience on board to be satisfactory and safe. We are very happy and confident with the support from those involved, including travel agencies, operators, governments, municipalities and the press. Everyone is involved and fighting for the cruises. Tourism in Brazil faces the sea and without maritime tourism our industry is incomplete. With this support, we can match or exceed pre-pandemic industry rates.

PANROTAS – What will the protocols look like?
FERRAZ- We discuss with Anvisa what is needed. The agency is evaluating and monitoring what is happening around the world to maintain this detailed discussion. We understand there must be flexibility, but they are with us to discuss item by item. We are safe because the demand for cruise travelers there is very high.

PANROTAS – Will there be many new cruisers next season?
FERRAZ- Last season, 57% of cruise travelers did it for the first time. And Clia’s research shows that the desire to sail again from the most experienced people has never been greater. Those who have never done it are very open and those who have done it want to come back.

Season 2022/2023
• 8 ships
• 176 days of cabotage transport (almost 6 months)
• cabotage – October 29 to April 20
• 674 thousand beds offered
• 160 routes
• 626 scales
• 16 destinations including Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Punta del Este
• each guest generates an impact of R$557 on the stopover destinations
• 5 embarkation ports – Itajaí, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Maceió
• ships broadcasting live World Cup matches

long-haul ships
• Brazil is again an important destination for passing ships
• 35 ships confirmed with stops in Brazil
• about 23 companies coming to Brazil
• smallest ship: 126 guests / largest ship: 3,215 guests
• October 7 to May 17
• 222 days of use – arrive earlier yet pass later
• 298 thousand visits outside Brazil
• 311 scales
• 45 destinations – including: Porto Seguro, Natal, Fortaleza, São Luís, Amazonas and Pará (several, such as Alter do Chão, Manaus, Parintins, Belém, Boca da Valéria), Rio Grande (RS), Paraty and Vitória.

• the ships come with LNG. Brazilian authorities are preparing for season 23/24 with this type of fuel
• Shore power connection (connection to energy on land) in 2035, ships connected to Clia will no longer call at ports that do not have this connection structure
• 2050 – Net Carbon Zero – is more than zero emissions: the manufacture of the fuel does not emit any carbon either. Sector looking for these fuels, which can be hydrogen, methane, ammonia.

5 types of ships will sail through Brazil
1. Contemporary, up to $150 a day
2. Premium, US$150 to US$400 per slide
3. Luxury, from US$400 per day (exclusive staterooms)
4. Expedition ships, e.g. Ponant and Silversea
5. Riverships

This content is an integral part of the PANROTAS Magazine 1.521, Special Cruises 2022/23, where you will find many other articles on the sector. Read in full below:

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