Travelers are ready to go, US News & World Report survey finds

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WASHINGTON, October 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – US News & World Report, the world’s leading travel reviews and ratings, today revealed new data that takes an in-depth look at travelers’ feelings about the cruise. Announced exclusively during a webinar at the Seatrade Global Conference, the results reveal that cruise lines are eager to travel again. Almost a quarter of those polled have already booked for future travel – a number above pre-pandemic levels.

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on the travel industry, especially the cruise industry, and the public’s appetite for travel,” said Erin evans, Travel Editor at US News & World Report. “However, interest in cruising has barely waned over the past year and a half, and cruise veterans are eager to get back on the water as many travelers want to take their first cruise.”

The website survey has taken place over the past year and a half, collecting data in January 2020, August 2020, June 2021 and August 2021. About half of the 6,000 people surveyed have never cruised, allowing editors to compare results not only over the past year and a half, but also between seasoned cruisers and potential new cruisers. The snapshots offer insight into the impact of the pandemic on the cruise industry, how people plan to book their travel, and the amenities, entertainment and destinations that cruisers are excited about.

The results include:

  • The appetite for cruising is quickly returning. Of those who have sailed before and have indicated they may sail in the future, more than 20% are currently booked for future travel (some of whom are likely using travel credits booked before the pandemic), which is higher than pre-pandemic levels. . Even people who have never been on a cruise before are booked at higher levels.
  • Cruisers care about COVID-19 safety. More than 80% of former cruisers say vaccine requirements are important, while only 9% are against vaccination policies.
  • First-time cruisers are always happy to get out on the water after vaccination. The total number of people who have never cruised before but who would be interested in cruising stands at almost 61%, just one percentage point lower than the same group surveyed before the pandemic.
  • Some longtime cruisers say they won’t be coming back to sea. The percentage of former cruise passengers who say they ‘would never sail again’ increased – but only slightly – by 2% in January 2020 at 4% in August 2021. Meanwhile, around 10% of travelers who have not yet taken a cruise responded that they “would never go on a cruise” before the pandemic. This number rose to around 17% in June 2021 then fell, with around 14% of respondents in August 2021 saying they “would never cross”.

US News Travel is a leading website for travel advice, rankings, and destination guides. Travelers can view features, tours, and content in the travel guide, which includes in-depth information on the best things to do, and US news Best hotels, Best vacation, Best cruises and Best Travel Rewards Programs ranking products to help narrow down the best stay and travel options for their budget and vacation style.

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