Time to plan for a cruisy future

Forward thinking cruise travellers are picking up bargains, with good solid options for changing or cancelling travel.

There are packages now for local waters this year, and cruise lines are encouraging forward bookings for 2022 and even 2023, with a wide choice of itineraries.

Cruise lines which are part of the Cruise Line Industry Association (all the main players), are backing this up with financial safeguards — deals with low deposits, which allow late cancellation and changes, and future cruise credits. The cruise industry is taking refunds and credits seriously.

And they have significant health guards in place — from pre-embarkation checks and daily COVID checks, to cleaning and sanitation, fogging with hypochlorous acid and installation of medical-grade H13 HEPA air filters. (There’s more on these in this Cruising Guide.)

The big ocean cruise lines in the Cruise Lines International Association have agreed that passengers will need to show a negative COVID-19 test result before embarkation.

They have also agreed that every passenger and crew member will be tested for COVID-19 on ships carrying 250 people or more — a first for the travel industry.

A recent CLIA survey revealed that more than 60 per cent are ready to cruise within the next 12 months. Almost three-quarters of regular cruisers plan to go back to sea.

The figures were released in CLIA’s 2021 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook Report.

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