Eight in 10 regular cruisers are planning to book a cruise holiday in 2021 – although the majority have said they will wait until they have received a Covid vaccination before setting sail.
This is according to new research carried out among cruise retailer Mundy Cruising’s new Cruise Expert Panel.
According to the findings, just under half (47%) of the survey respondents said that they would only cruise once they had been vaccinated and the majority of the population had been vaccinated, while a further 39% said they would cruise once they had been vaccinated, even if the majority of the population had not.
Some more confident cruisers (9%) said that a vaccine made no difference and they would “get on a cruise ship tomorrow if they could”, while 3% said they would cruise without being vaccinated, provided that the majority of the population had already had the jab.
In terms of timescales, 30% of respondents expect to cruise again by Spring 2021, while 22% have their sights set on Autumn and 18% expect to be back on board during the 2021 winter season.
Most cruise lines are currently planning for and April restart, although 11% of the panel believe they will be back on board even sooner than that with Mundy Cruising Managing Director Edwina Lonsdale saying: “The overriding sentiment is one of cautious optimism regarding the resumption of cruising in 2021.”