Unperturbed by all the ways in which coronavirus has rocked the cruise industry - with passengers stranded for weeks in the early days of the spread and worldwide sailings now cancelled for the foreseeable future - bookings for next year are on the up.
In the past month and a half, there has been a 40 per cent increase in reservations made for 2021, compared with 2019, according to CruiseCompete.com.
Only 11 per cent of these bookings were made by those who had their cruise cancelled this year, indicating a surge in new interest, reports the Los Angeles Times.
三级成人视频Furthermore, Adam Coulter, UK managing editor of Cruise Critic, said: “We’re seeing many cruisers eager to return to cruising once travel restrictions get back to normal.
三级成人视频"According to a recent member poll posted on Cruise Critic’s forums, answered by more than 4,400 travellers, 75 per cent of respondents would cruise ‘as much as’ or ‘even more’ once they’re able again. It’s a testament to the popularity among cruisers, and highlights just how keen many are to get back onboard.”
GoCruise and Travel agent James Hill has, after a month of dealing with refunds and rebookings, begun to see the green shoots of recovery.
“Over the weekend and into this week, a clutch of new enquiries has come in," he says. "These reflect that people with special celebrations in 2021 – wedding anniversaries and significant birthdays – are aware that demand for the small and river cruise ships may be high next year and want to secure their booking now.”
He adds: “I've resigned myself to thinking we'll be lucky if we see any sort of return to normality before September/October. I hope to see the Christmas markets come back strongly."
Sharing his insight on this crisis exclusively with Telegraph Cruise, Tom Wolber, chief executive of Crystal Cruises puts the situation into perspective.
三级成人视频“More than 30 million people cruise every year and absolutely love it, so the cruise industry will come back from this. Although this global health pandemic is unprecedented, the cruise industry has weathered storms before, and we have a strong track record of adapting and responding to world events around us,” he points out.
“There will be additional Covid-19 protocols for voyages when they commence. We will conduct illness screenings for all ocean cruise passengers who have travelled from, visited or transited via airports in any destinations listed on the CDC ‘Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel’ within 14 days of embarkation."
三级成人视频As for when we might see travel bans lift to enable new sailings, this remains to be seen. Telegraph Travel's cruise experts have weighed in on the further implications of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry in the below article: