We are anticipating a rapid return to the high-seas when it is safe to do so, with 38% of OutThere travellers saying that they would cruise right now and 46% considering a cruise holiday in 2021. (11% higher than the same research in 2020).
Smaller, luxury ships and expedition cruising are leading this trend, but also a significant increase in interest in river cruising, that has surged ahead of ocean cruising. Despite the negative reputation gained by the cruise industry in the early days of the pandemic, OutThere cruise fans believe that cruises potentially “offer a more controlled and more secure way of travelling.”
34% also entertained the idea of a resort-cruise, where shorter itineraries are sailing-only and passengers do not disembark, or only do so in controlled circumstances like private beaches or islands. While safety remains the top concern, flexible booking terms are a close second.
With ‘blue health’ (heralding the restorative properties of time-out on water) being a much touted buzzword, it’s no wonder that private yachting trips that offer bubble-safe travel on the water are already on the up, with 37% of OutThere travellers researching VIP yacht journeys in 2021.
Photography courtesy of Celebrity Cruises