The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finally dropped its cruise health travel notice on March 30, and people are anxious to head to the high seas again.
Florida port officials and Florida elected leaders have been advocating for the CDC to drop the notice, which is key for the industry in its efforts to ramp up.
AAA Travel is reporting the cruise industry is steadily rebounding after being slammed hard by the pandemic. Bookings in the month of March were “twice as strong as this time last year,” the agency said.
“Destinations are loosening travel restrictions and cruise lines hope to reach full capacity in the second half of the year,” said Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – the Auto Club Group said. “As a result, our travel agency is seeing a wide mix of bookings that include everything from short weekend excursions to worldwide voyages.”
About 58 million Americans are considering booking a cruise in the next two years, AAA said. Among the most eager to travel are Millennials with the top destinations including Alaska, the Caribbean and Europe.