Demand for small-ship river cruises increases with coronavirus

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Demand for small craft and river cruises is booming amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey of nearly 500 travel agents by Scenic Group.

The survey found that more than 60% of travel counselors said river cruises made up 25-50% of all bookings, while 75% saw bookings for cruises for small vessels of 250 passengers or less increase to 25% of their cruise activity.

Picturesque gem in Caudebec-en-Caux. (Photo via Gillies Zaiser / Scenic Group)

While cruises and tours in North America lead the way for the remainder of 2020, the survey reveals a shift towards the regions of Northern Europe and the Arctic in 2021.

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Fifty-five percent of the travel agents interviewed said the top three concerns of their clients were related to security concerns related to COVID-19, including “needing to know the ship’s response protocols for any outbreak on board” , “Knowing the cruise line’s proactive security measures. take to prevent outbreaks “and” how the experience on board will change, including catering. ”

In addition, agents surveyed indicated that more than 34% of their clients wanted to convert canceled or suspended vacation bookings into a small boat cruise, followed by 30% independent travel. Agents noted that customers were also looking for reassurance about the flexibility of the booking and when it will be safe to resume the cruise.

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The results come as the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that they will extend their sailing ban until September in response to the pandemic.

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NCLH NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD. 15,27 -0,34 -2,18%
RCL ROYAL CRUISES IN THE CARIBBEAN 53.14 -0,80 -1,48%
CCL CARNIVAL CORP. 15,47 -0,31 -1,96%

According to the new CDC order, there were a total of 2,973 cases of coronavirus, or coronavirus-like illnesses, and 34 deaths on cruise ships between March 1 and July 10.

The order added that 80% of cruise ships in US waters were affected by the coronavirus during this period and that nine other cruise ships face or resolve outbreaks on board.

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