And just like that, cruises are finally coming back.
Cruise was the first industry to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic back in February 2020 as the Diamond Princess was quarantined off the port of Yokohama – and it seemed like it would be the last sector of the travel industry to return. With the Foreign Office having taken the unusual step of advising against an entire holiday type (cruise, aside from river cruises) last summer, and the Global Travel Taskforce having only mentioned cruise briefly in its deliberations until now, it became more and more difficult to imagine Brits getting on board any time soon, even as Europeans briefly took to the waters.
But the success of the vaccination process led to the early announcement by Saga to make vaccinations a compulsory condition for guests sailing – and suddenly the idea of domestic cruises became a possibility. It’s now a reality. A raft of cruise lines – from Disney to Virgin – have announced plans to sail from the UK this summer, with the earliest beginning in May. And it’s not just the UK, with some Greece sailings also on the horizon.
For the first time in a long time we have some actual upcoming itineraries to tell you about. As our table of restart dates, our feature on UK coastal cruises and our news section demonstrates, it’s almost high time to return to the high seas. We hope you enjoy reading.
Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.
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Anthony Pearce, director
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