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Cruisers keen to travel again

A survey of cruise ship travellers suggests more than three quarters intend to book a cruise again, despite the pandemic's impact on the industry.

Cruise Critic launched a worldwide survey of its readers in April, since when the industry has ground to a halt, and has collected 35,000 responses.

Of those, 76 per cent said they would book a cruise in the future, and more than one third said they were already looking.

Of those who have a cruise booked, 47 per cent are heading to the Caribbean, Bahamas or Bermuda, 25 per cent to Europe and 13 per cent to North America.

The survey offers hope for island businesses reliant on cruise ship visitors, who have taken a massive hit this year.

Data from the Bermuda Tourism Authority shows that nearly $100 million in cruise visitor spending is being lost this year as a result of the pandemic.

Most respondents plan to cruise seven months or more from now and only 3 per cent said they would not book another cruise.

Of those who had cruises cancelled, 77 per cent said they had taken the option of a future cruise credit, rather than a cash refund from ship operators.

Keen to cruise: sentiment remains positive for the future among regular cruisers (File photograph)

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Published July 04, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated July 04, 2020 at 9:56 am)

Cruisers keen to travel again

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