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2.7 million Aussies are ready to cruise

Australians are keen to cruise again as cruising is set to resume in late February, according to new research by Finder.



A nationally representative survey of 1,000 respondents revealed 14% – equivalent to 2.7 million Australians – are interested in going on a cruise in 2022.


This is up from 2% in July 2020.


Catching COVID-19 still remains a concern for almost 1 in 5 (17%), and the threat of the Omicron variant has hindered interest for 14%.


James Martin, travel expert at Finder, said more than 80 countries have resumed cruising, but in Australia there has been no specific plan put in place for resumption in late Feb.


“With the international border now open, Australians who are keen on cruising in 2022 can look into taking a cruise overseas,” he said.


“As the world changes, most cruise lines have updated their health and safety protocols in line with expert advice to reduce the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.


“If you’re unsure what the level of safety procedures are for the cruise you’re after, you can check out the health and safety protocols listed on the website or contact the cruise line operator to get the specific details.”


Finder research reveals what safety measures were most important to Australians intending to cruise. 


These protocols include vaccine mandates (50%), regular COVID testing (41%), and limited capacity for passengers (40%).


Mask mandates (38%) and mandatory pre-cruise quarantine for passengers and crew (27%) are also listed as being key.


The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has outlined a four-phase pathway to careful resumption of cruising in Australia, including mandatory vaccination and confirmation of a negative test prior to boarding.


“As with any travel, cruise travel insurance is vital if you are thinking of booking a cruise.


“In the current climate, many providers don’t offer insurance for COVID outbreaks that take place while on a cruise.  


“If you can find a policy, make sure that it covers you while on board and any activities you do on shore,” he said.


According to the Port Authority of NSW, there were 1,240 cruise ships that visited 47 Australian ports in 2019, driving $2.5 billion spend into the economy.


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Published: 16 February 2022

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