The cruise industry is hoping to return to operations this year. Cruise ships have been sitting idle for almost a year now and cruise lines are slowly preparing to resume sailing.
“It may not be back the way it was for another two years. It’s not going to come back the way it shut down,” Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer Capt. John Murry said.
Even though cruising may not be the same as it was, there is optimism that people still want to cruise. A Cruise Industry Association report says that 66% of experienced cruise passengers are willing to sail again within a year.
The cruise industry has made 200 safe voyages worldwide since last July and is spending $24 billion on new ships. Disney Cruise Line recently released a sneak peek of its upcoming new ship, the Disney Wish. It should debut in 2022.
In order for cruise lines to sail out of the U.S. they must meet rigorous restrictions that show they can keep passengers and crew safe. They also have to perform test sailings before they can resume sailings with passengers.
The cruise industry association says 2,500 jobs are lost every day that the suspension continues.
No U.S. cruise line has announced when they will return to sailing but we will continue to update as information is released. Will you be one of the first passengers to sail again?
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