Seven cruise lines have already confirmed that they will be sailing to the British Isles in the coming months. Some of these cruise lines report full cruises and high local demand.
After 12 months of closures, restrictions and a near total holiday ban, this is great news for a cruise industry struggling to survive.
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P&O UK is in a unique position. Iona’s newest ship is a sister ship to Mardi Gras, Costa Smeralda and AIDAnova. The British public will be able to watch the state-of-the-art ship sail along the beautiful British coastline, and visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of the sunset over the island of the same name.
According to P&O UK, the response has been overwhelming since the cruises launched on December 22. The month of March is on sale. President and CEO Paul Ludlow recently commented:
We had always hoped that these domestic cruises would be popular, given the uncertainty around overseas holidays, but we have never seen such a large and immediate demand, and it certainly shows the lock-in effect and everyone’s need for a holiday. Several thousand guests have already booked and the first voyage of the Iona to the Scottish islands is already sold out and will be a very special cruise.
The same goes for other cruise lines that have announced sailings in the UK. Among them, the Cunard company, which will sail with the Queen Elizabeth. The Viking cruises will take place on the brand new Viking Venus, while Fred Olsen will sail on two ships, the Borealis and the Bolette.
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Princess Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, has also decided to deploy two ships to the British Isles – Regal Princess and Sky Princess. Finally, MSC also announced that it will be sending a ship to the United Kingdom; this ship, which has not yet been named, will run 7-day cruises.
Last week, Crystal Cruz announced record sales. Although sailing from the United States is not permitted, those who wish to cruise can simply enter Nassau.
The cruise line said nearly 4,000 travelers have booked cabins or suites on one of its cruises to Nassau or Bimini in the Bahamas. Nearly 200 guests even booked a cruise, some planning to spend 42 days aboard the Crystal Serenity.
Royal Caribbean today announced its first cruises in the Bahamas. Indoor cabins are available on Adventure of the Seas on the 12th. June is already sold out.
A clear sign of this pent-up demand. From Nassau, cruises depart that day for CocoCay (Bahamas), Cozumel (Mexico) and Grand Bahama Island (Bahamas).
These aren’t the only Caribbean cruises, of course; Celebrity Cruises has even set up a countdown to cruise sales in St. St. Maarten.
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Additions in the UK, Caribbean and Bahamas have been as successful as we have seen in other countries recently.
Singapore is at its best with cruises aboard Quantum of the Seas and World Dreams. TUI has had success in the Canary Islands in recent months and Costa and MSC Cruises have had success in Italy. Of course, later this year, the Odyssey of the Seas will also depart from Haifa for the Greek islands.
The cruise industry seems to have found common ground in protecting the customers on board and satisfying the ships they visit. Vaccination requirements, which more and more cruise lines are implementing, will be an obstacle for some customers.
But to make cruises successful again, it seems that the only way is to at least start cruising again. And after 12 months without a vacation or cruise, that’s exactly what we need.
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frequently asked questions
What is the future of the cruise industry?
By 2020, many older ships will have been withdrawn from the world fleet to make way for new, innovative and efficient equipment. Sixteen new seagoing vessels are expected to join CLIA member companies in 2021, bringing the total number of CLIA member seagoing vessels to 270 by the end of 2021.
What is the fastest growing cruise market?
Micro-cruises are one of the fastest growing segments of the cruise industry. By 2020, more than 1,400 microcruises of three days or less will be offered. By far the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry is the rise of luxury expedition cruises, particularly in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Is the cruise industry growing?
Cruises are one of the fastest growing sectors of the global travel industry. Over the past decade, the cruise industry has grown to $37 billion in revenue, marking the most successful and arguably transformative period in the industry’s history.
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