Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak possibly the worst place to find yourself was on a cruise ship. Many of them were denied entry into the world’s ports as the pandemic spread and some were even used as floating quarantines.
But despite of all the problems and negative publicity it seems that the cruise ship industry is in for another boom year in 2021. According to a report in the New York Post early bookings for cruises in 2021 are up an impressive 9 percent. The article states that “Analysts at UBS say booking volume for 2021 cruises has “gone up 9 percent in the last 30 days versus the same time last year,” despite many cruise ships currently quarantined amid the coronavirus pandemic.”
Whereas 2020 will clearly be a financial nightmare for cruise ship companies they are looking forward to a busy year next year, and with money in the bank from early bookings they’ll also have helped solved their insolvency problems.
However, although the figure of a nine percent increase in cruise ship bookings, especially in the current economic crisis looks impressive the numbers obtained don’t include the passengers who re-booked their cancelled cruises from this year. Even so the resilience of the cruise ship market in these troubled times for travel is impressive.