Despite our planet and travel lives starting to lurch slowly towards normalcy after the past COVID-19 influenced year, one popular travel option and industry that has yet to get back on its feet and resume is the cruise industry. Very, very limited numbers of cruises were allowed to resume in Europe and some parts of Asia last year, but they have generally been shut down throughout the world since the pandemic began. But when might they come back?
With more and more people being vaccinated against the virus and countries starting to loosen restrictions, there have been talks about cruises resuming in some capacity this summer. Cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Crystal Cruises, four major players in both the North American and global cruise industry, have announced plans to bring back their voyages by July.
By using ports in the Caribbean and in other places where there aren’t tight restrictions, passengers may be able to embark with proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination. This would be a big relief to all of us who have missed cruising and visiting tropical destinations over the past year. Keep your eyes open to see if this positive development will indeed bring us back to cruises this summer!