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Rocky Point Cruise Operator Declares Bankruptcy

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Kendal Blust/KJZZ
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The Astoria lights up as night falls in Rocky Point on Jan. 8, 2020.

The first cruise to embark from the popular Sonoran beach resort of Rocky Point sailed out into the Sea of Cortez in early January. But amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Cruise and Maritime Voyages, the British company behind it, declared bankruptcy in July, according to a poston the company’s website. That raises questions about when — or whether — cruises will return.

“I personally am still motivated about Rocky Point,” said John Dennis, who until recently was a senior sales and marketing VP with the company’s U.S. branch.

Beyond the havoc the pandemic is wreaking on the cruise industry, Rocky Point does not have a home port for cruise ships. Construction of one stalled in 2015, and an estimated $50 million would be needed to complete it.

Without better infrastructure, would-be operators will still face a serious obstacle to long-term viability, even after the pandemic is controlled, according to Dennis.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.