2021 is going to bring a lot of exciting things to the cruise world. We’ve already looked back at what happened in 2020, so let’s take a moment to look forward. 2020 was certainly a departure from the norm, but we’re confident that 2021 will start to bring us back to normalcy. So let’s look at what is going to happen this year!
A return to cruising
This is, by far, the biggest thing that most people are going to be looking forward to. 2021 is shaping up to be a year where we can all finally return to actually taking cruises. Last year was filled with a lot of delays and cancellations, but we really are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The areas of the world most affected by the virus are now distributing vaccines to their most vulnerable populations. Many predictions are citing this fall or early summer as the time when the general population will also be vaccinated. If the majority of the world becomes immune to the virus, we see no reason why cruising can’t make a return in a big way. But we might even see a return before that thanks to new health measures and trial cruises.
Like any new year, 2021 is going to bring some new ships! The maiden voyages of some of the coolest new ships were delayed last year, but we expect to see many of them hit the waters in 2021. Scarlet Lady from Virgin Voyages is one of the vessels that we are most keen to see, but there are plenty of others as well. Carnival Mardi Gras, MSC Virtuosa, Crystal Endeavor and more are all at the top of our list. If you’re someone who likes to see progress within the industry, keep an eye out for these new ships that could bring some significant changes.
Even more river cruises
We are excited to say that 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for an underrated sector of the industry: river cruises. We expect that river cruises will see an increase in popularity as travel restrictions are loosened. People are going to want to cruise within their own countries a bit before international travel is fully back to normal, and river cruises will be a great way to do that. Additionally, several companies (like American Cruise Lines) will be debuting new river ships in 2021. If there was ever a time for river cruises to really make some progress, it’s this year.
2020 was rough, especially for those of us that have been dying to get on a cruise ship again. But hang on tight, folks. Let’s stay optimistic about this year!