As COVID-19 measures continue to ease up on cruise ships, cruise lines have been reporting record bookings.
Last week, Royal Caribbean said it had the largest single booking day and the highest volume booking week, March 26 – April 1, in its 53-year history.
Meanwhile in the beginning of April, Carnival Cruise Line reported that the one-week period of March 28-April 3 was its busiest booking week in history.
More people have been returning to cruising as the cruise industry has been returning from a two-year hiatus as a result of the pandemic. Demand has been strong, but the industry is still not quite at its pre-pandemic levels.
Back in December, cruises saw hardships as outbreaks of the Omicron variant plagued ships and certain destinations were on lockdown. As COVID cases have gone down, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lowered, and eventually taken down, the health advisory risk for cruise ships.
The risk of getting the virus is still possible on a cruise ship, but these record bookings have shown that cruising is still a desirable travel option.