Cruise Lines See Expect More Bookings With US Now Open To International Travelers


With the United States allowing fully vaccinated international travelers to visit Monday for the first time in 18 months, cruise lines expect interest and bookings to increase, especially from travelers from the UK and Europe.

The Biden administration last month announced the planned lifting of restrictions on entry into the United States. At the time, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) welcomed the news, noting that approximately 2.5 million international visitors came to the United States to embark on cruises in 2019. This represents about 18% of shipments. of cruises in the United States.

John Padgett, newly appointed chairman of Princess Cruises, exclusively told Cruise Critic that the news of the reopening was exciting, even though it was too early to set specific trends. “I think we are seeing strong bookings on all fronts,” he added.

In an exclusive e-mail statement, Holland America Line echoed the enthusiasm for reopening the United States to European tourists.

“We see travelers from the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany among other countries. We should start to see more of our European guests coming to Florida for Caribbean cruises. may vary depending on the route and date of the course. “

The line added: “Alaska is a destination that attracts international travelers because there really is no place in the world that offers what Alaska has to offer. It is very popular and a must-see destination for many. cultures.”

According to CLIA, the number of European and UK visitors in 2019 was nearly one million, including 360,000 UK and Irish citizens, making the US the number one boarding destination for UK and Irish citizens.

Unsurprisingly, there has been an enthusiastic reaction to the news of the United States reopening across the pond as well. “We have seen a real increase in demand and bookings for all Caribbean products since the news was confirmed,” said Stuart Byron, Royal Caribbean sales manager for the UK, Ireland and the Spain.

California is another popular destination for overseas shoppers. “Many UK customers are very interested in going to California and taking coastal cruises on the Mexican Riviera or California,” said Rachel Poultney, Princess Sales Manager. “The announcement coincided with the upward trajectory we were already on, and the announcement just added to that.

The opening of the United States to fully vaccinated travelers comes ahead of the next holiday season, a particularly popular time to set sail for international visitors.

Jacqueline Dobson, President of Barrhead Travel in the UK, called the news “a milestone in the global travel recovery”. She added: “Since the reopening date was confirmed last month, there has been a noticeable increase in the demand for reservations to depart this side of Christmas and into early 2022.”

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