Global cruise bookings are on the rise for next year despite coronavirus spreading

Published on : Thursday, April 2, 2020

The cruise bookings for 2021 are on the rise despite coronavirus outbreak in this year. It is according to a analysis done by UBS, the booking volume for 2021 cruises has gone up 9 percent in the last 30 days versus the same time last year, despite many cruise ships currently quarantined amid the coronavirus pandemic.



That includes people applying their future cruise credits from sailings that were cancelled this year, but still shows a surprising resilience in desire to book a cruise,” UBS equity analysts wrote in a March 31 report on cruise lines.



The analysis doesn’t show how much of the reported increase is actually people just optimistically re-booking their canceled cruise for next year, though. The voyages to Asia and Alaska are seeing the highest numbers. The unlikely plot twist comes as numerous ships have been quarantined over the last couple of months as COVID-19 rapidly spread.



Banished to the seas, cruises are without ports, unwanted and forgotten, meandering aimlessly along the coasts looking for someone, anyone, to take them in. One such ship, Holland America’s Zaandam, which is scheduled to arrive in Florida this week with more than 200 sick passengers, has already been denied port in Chile, Peru and Argentina. Florida Govornor  Ron DeSantis, meanwhile, told that that his state cannot afford to have people who are not even Floridians dumped into South Florida using up those valuable resources.



The Zaandam’s sister ship, the Rotterdam, picked up passengers without symptoms to separate the guests, NBC reports. Now, both boats are headed for Florida, still stuck in limbo, hoping for a place to park. There are more than 300 Americans on board the ships and more than 1,200 total people.



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