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Are you deterred from going on a cruise or happy to keep sailing?

The cruise industry is planning a phased return to sailings after being one of the sectors worst-hit by the coronavirus crisis.

The industry generates £10 billion for the UK economy every year, and supports more than 40,000 direct jobs and tens of thousands of others in the supply chain and around ports.

Cruises were halted around the world earlier this year, shattering the holiday plans of hundreds of thousands of people, and causing huge economic damage to ports, including dozens in the UK.

Andy Harmer, director of the Cruise Lines International Association, said the industry has since been working to ensure a safe return to business, from the time passengers leave their homes, to when they are on board a vessel.

He told the PA news agency he hopes that cruises will re-start later in the year, possibly as early as September.

“A phased return is the right approach, and only when the time is right,” he said. “There have been additional health and safety measures in place on cruises for a number of years, including sanitation, health facilities on board and health questionnaires.”

New guidance is being published by European authorities which should mark another step forward for the resumption of cruises.

Mr Harmer highlighted the economic impact of cruises on the 50 ports around the UK which have facilities for cruise ships.

The Highlands and Islands, where one in 10 Scottish cruises start, stand to lose more than £28 million alone.

In Northern Ireland, Belfast was due to receive 129 cruise ships in 2020, bringing an estimated 310,000 visitors and generating £110,000 per cruise, according to Maritime UK figures.

A fifth of the 435,000 people employed in businesses supported by the industry across Europe are based in the UK.

As well as cruise line employees – both on board and shoreside – the industry supports an extensive supply chain, including travel agencies, airlines, hotels, local transport operators, and port agents.

Last year was a record one for the UK industry, with two million people taking a cruise, a trend which had been expected to continue in 2020 before the pandemic struck.

The first cruises could be ones which take holidaymakers around the UK coast, but the industry hopes it will be the start of a return to normal business.

What are your views?  Are you a regular cruise taker? Are you happy to return to the sea? Could you be lured by a ‘special offer’? Or has the pandemic made you wary of cruising again any time soon?

Are you deterred from going on a cruise or happy to keep sailing?

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sparrer
24th Jul 2020
0
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Not keen to cruise. I've done 2 short and one longer, and I was bored. Confined to the boat for 2/3 days at a time, allowed off for 5/6 hours then back to the boat again. My holidays involve seeing a country off the beaten track, eating where the locals eat, keeping away from the tourist areas and so on. So nothing to do with Covid, I'm just a bit more adventurous than that.
molly25
24th Jul 2020
1
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my partner and i have done 34 cruises and have found many people do not use the strerlization offered,also many men do not wash after toilet visit.,no wonder there are problems
Ew8man
13th Jul 2020
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The air conditioning filters on cruise liners are not of the standard to eliminate airborne spread. Should the need to isolate anyone occur there would be no aircon available to ensure airborne spread is minimised. This is what happened in Japan and the passengers stuck in windowless rooms must have been desperate. How the cruise liner companies get round this will be interesting.

I can envisage a section of the ship being converted into isolation units on a separate higher grade filtration unit with dedicated staff etc.

This doesn’t address asymptomatic passengers.

Costs might be astronomical. Perhaps the cruise companies will change their business model to attract the young or families who are likely to survive a ship outbreak.
SouthernLady
11th Jul 2020
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Whilst there clearly need to be some changes and improvements I am really looking forward to setting off again when it is safe to do so. It may be that destinations and durations will change forever and happy to adjust to make things safer for everyone.
TH
10th Jul 2020
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Before Covid 19 hit the world, I was planning on going on my very first cruise - a River cruise, as I felt I would far prefer being with a smaller number of people. Now, a cruise of any sort has gone right to the very bottom of my bucket list, and in fact may well be scratched out altogether. I feel safer on solid ground, in the wide open spaces!
MHpurr313
10th Jul 2020
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Do not feel that it is safe yet to cruise as it would only take one person to get covid and the ship would be prevented from going into any port.
shrew1742
8th Jul 2020
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Far too much of a gamble. The easiest places to catch anything nasty are cruise ships & aeroplanes.
JoyInTheSticks
7th Jul 2020
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I have only cruised once and had a fantastic experience but I was happy to be back on land. I can't imagine being confined to a cabin for weeks on end whilst a virus raged - either COVID or Tummy.
I will not be rushing to book another.
Phian
6th Jul 2020
1
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My wife and I have a cruise booked for January but, being in the vulnerable group, are very wary. The ship's company can provide all the safety facilities possible but if the passengers do not comply the danger will still be there.
Ew8man
13th Jul 2020
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Yes, Phian , I agree. The unreliability of other cruise passengers and holidaymakers or air passengers or pub visitors is putting me off venturing far at all. All these covid 19 compliances are on the part of the suppliers of the event or facility but the users must conform to a new set of rules. I am not sure if I have that much faith in my fellow man.
Sue
6th Jul 2020
1
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I was booked to go on a cruise in May but due to the corona virus it was obviously cancelled. I must admit I was quite relieved. After watching a documentary the other night I think it will be a long time before I'll go abroad again and even longer until l go on a cruise.
jonwil26
6th Jul 2020
2
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I'm a frequent cruiser and have 5 booked for next year but may well cancel them all. I'm not happy to cruise until a vaccine is available and I see some reports of what it is like to cruise again. My last cruise had norovirus and staff were posted at most rest rooms to ensure hand washing. Every day the captain reported that there were a number of passengers not doing this - some even pretended to wash their hands. Unfortunately, no matter what the cruise lines bring in, unless all passengers conform to whatever safety procedures are introduced, I do not feel it will be safe to cruise. Sorry, if this is negative, but it is just my view.
Merlinthefirst
6th Jul 2020
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We can't wait till we can get back out onto the ocean! Obviously things are very different today than they were at the beginning of this year, but we have 2 cruises booked for next year and one for 2022 and we are so hoping they will sail.
From everything I have read recently, the cruise lines will be paying closer attention than ever to hygiene on board and I believe there will be temperature checks when boarding etc.
I understand people are cautious at the moment, none of us know when this virus will die out (if ever!) and many people cannot take the risk, however you may be as much at risk going about your everyday life at home (shopping, restaurant, hairdresser) as you would be on board ship?
Joser
6th Jul 2020
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The majority of reputable cruise companies take great care to ensure their passengers are healthy and safe. There is always hand sanitiser at the restaurants and everywhere is kept clean.
We boarded ship for the northern lights at the beginning of March, not knowing how far we would get. Everyone's temperature was checked prior to embarkation. Unfortunately, Norway closed its ports and we came back to Southampton, but I felt safer onboard than I did on the train coming home.
JanK62
6th Jul 2020
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Happy to sail, though we go on smaller ships not on the big ones. Miss the experience and the virus is out there....at the Supermarket, in the pub, in the high street. Just have to be more careful than usual. Can't wait. Already booked!
Sunbird73
6th Jul 2020
1
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Husband loves cruising and because he has mobility problems it is a suitable type of holiday for him and I can go on the various excursions and enjoy a few hours sightseeing. My opinion is that while the virus is still around any form of travel or holiday is a risk and you need to weigh up the options before making any decisions.
Ryder
6th Jul 2020
2
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I have cruised many times but I will wait until this virus is eliminated before sailing again.
Cassann
6th Jul 2020
1
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I love to cruise should have travelled to the far East for a cruise this April, if worry about a second wave especially if I was stuck on a cruise ship, I think it will be a few years before I book another cruise im afraid
mac the builder
4th Jul 2020
1
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I very much enjoy holidays, but am a bit cautious at present for obvious reasons. I was in the habit of travelling around eastern Europe as often as possible. I have a friend who is afraid to leave the house!!!

difficult.
viking
4th Jul 2020
1
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Having been happy cruisers for many years now, we noticed on the last two cruises prior to the virus outbreak , that the old habit of hand sanitising before meals etc.etc. had become very lax. There was a time that you were squirted before being allowed to enter the dining rooms. No doubt the little beasties were just lying in wait before springing into action with a full blown pandemic.
Billythequiche
4th Jul 2020
1
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We booked our first cruise to Celebrate our Golden Wedding in 2021 just before the lockdown started. After waiting 50 years, we are not going to be deterred. We have just got insurance and it covers Covid and other pandemics.
After the initial publicity and TV programme, the reputable cruise companies will know that they are under scrutiny and that there will be legions of amateur reviewers highlighting any transgressions.
We live with annual Flu, we will come to live with Covid.
jeffsoo
4th Jul 2020
3
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Over many years we have been on several cruises. I must say that while onboard I had often thought about what may happen if there were to be an outbreak of something nasty. The ship would become a petri dish of infection.
Retiredyorkie
4th Jul 2020
1
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I have done a few cruises but not my favourite holiday.

Certainly would not think about doing a cruise whilst this virus is with still with us not worth the risk of being stuck for weeks in a cabin if there is an outbreak of the virus on board and social distancing I think would be very difficult.
Larger
3rd Jul 2020
4
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Last nights show on ITV showed how the Cruise company were not considering passengers health. Money was more important. I wonder how many of the Crew are prepared to sign on again for more trips ?.
Ian123
3rd Jul 2020
5
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I have always fancied a cruise as I get older but have done nothing about it.
I wouldn’t even contemplate it during these times.
There have been some horror stories in the media of people being trapped on board with Coronavirus spreading amongst their shipmates.
Margaret Hart
3rd Jul 2020
4
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We have done nothing but cruise in the last few years but ,this pandemic has put me off travelling of any kind other than our own car. Once this pandemic has past and they have discovered a vaccine for it I may change my opinion but I think we have a long wait. Wherever we have seen slackening of rules there’s always some people who have to spoil it by going wild or acting stupid. Tomorrow night I think will be a real eye opener for us all. Everything which can be done to keep things in order has been done but now all age groups have to act
responsibly and not get drunk and spoil things. Many people will manage that really well but there are always the few who spoil things for everybody else. I think it will be days out for us this year and perhaps sometime at our sons in York.
jansteele76
3rd Jul 2020
2
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We will cruise again, maybe next year. We’ll wait to see how this virus pandemic affects travel generally before we commit.
Nannypink
3rd Jul 2020
6
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Never have been tempted and after watching last night’s documentary on ITV about the cruise business handling of the virus even after it was declared as a pandemic I am still not tempted
Whitelaw
3rd Jul 2020
7
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Would go on a holiday to Greece, maybe spain. More able to social distance. But on a cruise with everyone in closer contact, i wouldn't do it.
Munsterlander
3rd Jul 2020
4
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I am staying put for the moment. My garden is the furthest we are going
MrsPat
3rd Jul 2020
3
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We love cruising and will go again next year depending on the virus. Not sure how they will manage social distancing though?
Felix1
3rd Jul 2020
1
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Not likely. Our last cruise was a nightmare. Problems with the plumbing, trying to find a toilet was a nightmare running from deck to deck. An old gentleman in the lift sneezed on me, must have been virulent! spent two days recovering in bed. Shame because the dining room , bar and cabin staff were lovely. The crew were very snooty! Since then I have learned how poorly paid these staff were so, no, will not be going again.
Wilf
3rd Jul 2020
1
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If they offer cheap deals we would look at it!
Yodama
3rd Jul 2020
3
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I don't go on cruises but I would think Cruise ships would have learned valuable lessons after the failures of the past.
They are probably more jacked up regarding any future outbreaks and I think the passengers will be more aware and take precautions..
Covid came out of the blue so everbody was unprepared.
If I did go on cruises, I would chance it.
GwynethC8
3rd Jul 2020
5
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I have been on a few cruises in the past but always on the smaller ships - I find the massive ones abhorrent.
However, at the moment I.m afraid that I wouldn't even consider a small ship.
I shall stick to 'staycations' for the time being.

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