Despite everything that has been happening to the cruise industry over the past several months, cruise bookings for 2021 are reportedly up.
TheHill.com reports that cruise bookings are up 40% for 2021 when compared to the same period in 2019. The report cites data from CruiseCompete.com which compared the past 45 days of sales with the same period last year. USB bank also noted an uptick in cruise bookings, citing a 9 percent increase for next year when compared with the same period in 2019.
In further good news for the cruise industry, UBS reports that of those whose cruises were canceled this year over 75% chose a credit for a future cruise over a refund. Many cruise lines offered passengers the option of receiving a cruise credit of 125% the ticket price or a full refund. By a similar margin, respondents to a CruiseCritic.com poll indicated that they are as likely to cruise in the future as before the coronavirus crisis struck the industry.
Stewart Chiron of website CruiseGuy may have put it best when he said “Many people are ready to sail once a clear timeline for resumption of service and current ship schedules are revealed.”