This has been a rough week for cruise stock investors. Shares of Carnival(NYSE:CCL)(NYSE:CUK), Royal Caribbean Cruises(NYSE:RCL), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings(NASDAQ:NCLH) have declined 10%, 8%, and 10%, respectively, through Thursday’s close.
Carnival announced it would be selling two more of its ships. It’s also laying off 100 — or 10% — of its ship officers. A panel led by Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line also issued its recommendations for setting sail again safely, and let’s just say that the cruising experience will be more than a little different when passenger voyages get going again. Throw in iffy economic news, a pandemic that isn’t showing any signs of going away anytime soon, and a slow-footed approach to injecting another round of financial stimulus into taxpayer pockets, and you have a gloomy outlook for the cruising industry.
Tom Cruise will be heading to the heavens to make the first action movie to be shot in space in October, 2021.
An under-the-radar tweet from the Space Shuttle Almanac, which emerged last weekend, appears to confirm that Cruise will be travelling with director Doug Liman on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.
They will head to the International Space Station with the veteran NASA pilot Michael Lopez-Alegria at the helm.
According to the tweet, which lists the passenger manifest on the flight, there is still a spare seat on the mission.
NASA confirmed in May this year that Cruise would be heading to space to make a movie with Bourne Identity filmmaker Liman.
“We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridestine.