Good Morning. Global cruise industry association, the CLIA says it expects the global cruise industry to return to full service by August this year, due to climbing vaccination rates and the lifting of border closures around the world. The forecasts were made in its recently released “State of the Cruise Industry 2022”, where it also said it expected passenger volumes to return to pre-pandemic levels as early as 2023.
What you need to know
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Looking into the industry’s recovery trajectory in 2022, CLIA said it projects 272 ships that will be in operation globally in 2022, while another sixteen new ships are set to make their debut this year. The cruise association was also optimistic about passenger volume recovery, with baseline projections pointing to pre-pandemic passenger volumes by 2023. Upside projections move this timeline to as early as the end of 2022.
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