With Atlantic hurricane season officially underway, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting another busy year. Experts put the probability of an “above-normal” storm season at 60%; the chances of a “below-normal” season at a rather discouraging 10%. The consensus, however, is that storm activity is unlikely to rival the historic level seen in 2020.
The CDC recently suggested that cruise ships could be welcoming guests back to the high seas as soon as July, after releasing a new phase of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order on April 2, 2021. The cruise industry has been one of the hardest hit by the global pandemic, so some sort of return to normalcy—albeit with the requirement of facemasks and assurances that 95 percent of the passengers and 98 percent of the crew have to be fully vaccinated—will come as timely relief to anchored companies like Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.