Before the pandemic broke out, in March 2020, the cruise industry employed around 1.2 million people worldwide and contributed around 155 billion dollars to the world economy.
The advance of covid stopped the movement of this sector in its tracks, which ended up being one of the most affected by mobility restrictions. Suffice it to say that in 2020 the number of passengers boarded worldwide was 5.8 million, 81 percent less than in 2019; that jobs in the sector totaled 576,000 (51 percent less) and that the contribution of cruises to the world economy was 63.4 billion dollars (59 percent less).
After a slow start in 2021, this year the cruise industry is determined to make up lost ground and encouraged by people’s growing interest in resuming travel, it has reactivated all its ships and updated itineraries capable of seducing the most skeptical.
In fact, Cruise Lines International Association (Clia) estimates that by July or August of this year100 percent of its partners will have normalized their activity.
This is a sample of the recommended cruise plans that some of the largest shipping companies have prepared for their potential clients.
At this time, the shipping company has seven cruise ships that set sail from Florida (United States) to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. It is worth saying that Colombians have a special interest in sailing aboard the largest ships in the world, such as the Symphony of the Seas, the Harmony of the Seas or the Allure of the Seas, which are very similar to each other. Each one travels different itineraries through paradisiacal islands of the Caribbean, with a duration of between 6 and 8 nights.
There is also a growing interest in European cruises.
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For the season that runs from May to October, Royal Caribbean will have eight of its 26 ships available in this destination. These cruises travel through the Mediterranean, sailing from Barcelona or Rome; from this city, Venice and Athens leave for the Greek islands, and sail through the Baltic sailing from Copenhagen.
The two newest ships in the fleet, the Wonder of the Seas, which is the largest in the world, and the Odyssey of the Seas, the most technological, are the most sought after by Colombians. In general, all Europe cruises are in high demand, as they do not require visas to travel on them.
Added to all of the above is the good news of the return of Royal Caribbean to Cartagena. Indeed, the Rhapsody of the Seas will dock at the Colombian port and allow passengers to embark between December 2023 and February 2024. For this visa-free cruise through the Caribbean, the route will be through the Netherlands Antilles (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao ) and Colón (Panama), in one-week tours.
For more information about Royal Caribbean plans, you can contact the Deluxe Travel agency and consult the website: deluxetravel.com.co.
Another new plan from Cartagena
The company sailingmindset.com offers a plan that sails on July 1on a 54-foot sailboat, to July 18, 2022, which goes through Cartagena, Cayo Bajo Nuevo, Kingston (Jamaica), Cayo Serrana, San Andrés and San Blas, in Panama.
This is Overseas Jamaica 2022, with 18 days of navigation, at a cost of 2,500 dollars per person, including captain, sailor, food, hydration and sailing practice.
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Some of the regions that can be sailed aboard these entertaining ships, which are the dream of those who want to travel in a big way, as a familyare the following:
-Bahamas: Tropical ports of call include Nassau, Key West and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.
-Caribbean: in the western area, travelers can tour ancient ruins and enjoy a wide variety of water sports during breaks at beautiful ports of call in Mexico, Jamaica and Castaway Cay. Those who sail through the Eastern Caribbean have access to very beautiful beaches, bathed by turquoise waters; time ashore includes visits to idyllic islands such as Tortola, San Juan, Santo Tomas, and Castaway Cay. The southern Caribbean tour includes Barbados, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Curaçao, islands known for their extensive coral reefs and abundant marine life.
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-Europe: Disney also sails through Northern Europe, with stops in Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Netherlands, and the fjords of Norway aboard the Disney Magic (this sails from Copenhagen, Denmark or Dover and visits Nordic cities along of the road).
Travelers can also touch, on board their ships, ports in Italy, France and Spain, setting sail from Barcelona.
-The British Isles, Alaska, the Canadian coast, the Mayan Riviera, Baja California, the Panama Canal and the Californian coast are also part of this shipping company’s routes.
Those interested in obtaining more information and details about the plans can go to the site disneycruise.disney.go.com.
Disney Wish kicks off in July
In 2 months, Disney Wish will sail its inaugural season of 3- and 4-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from its new homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida.
The long-awaited fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet will receive its first guests on July 14 for the inaugural voyage of 5 nights. Disney Wish will take families to the blue skies of the Bahamas. In Nassau they will enjoy beaches and activities; and on Castaway Cay they’ll explore an island designed for family fun and relaxation and brimming with special Disney touches.
They’ll find everything they love about a cruise, including entertainment, upscale dining, character encounters and exclusive service, plus new onboard experiences like AquaMouse, animated shorts by The wonderful world of Mickey Mouse on a wild water ride with Mickey and Minnie; Arendelle, Disney’s Frozen-themed theatrical dining experience, where characters will perform live and Worlds of Marvel, Marvel’s cinematic dining adventure, where guests will play an interactive role in a mission from the Avengers. Not to be missed is Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge, an upscale bar styled after a luxury yacht-like spaceship that will take you on a one-of-a-kind tour of a galaxy far, far away.
This company is one of the most recognized in the field of river cruises. Among its cruises are:
-Magna on the Danube: At this time, this plan offers passengers from Latin America seven cruise nights with the option of an additional land program of three nights in Prague and two nights in Budapest for $3,899 dollars per person, in the best available cabin at the time of arrival. Reserve. The departure dates are July 24 and 31. This plan is valid for reservations until May 30.
-Medical Heroes: It has a two-for-one plan for doctors and accredited health personnel, in reservations made until June 30 of this year. Offers 17 different itineraries and 47 departure dates on seven-day river cruises in Europeby 2022.
-Silversea from Dubai to Mumbai: 12-day all-inclusive cruise, starting at $4,650 per person and three days in Qatar during the World Cup quarterfinals. The release date is December 8 this year. Book until May 31.
-Alaska and Northern Europe: 50 percent discount on the second suite with Silversea. There are seven days of all-inclusive cruise. Reservations can be made until May 31. Departures between June and August.
Through seven rivers of Europe
Added to all of the above, AmaWaterways has designed an exciting and different journey through seven rivers and fourteen countries in Europe.
Seven River Journeys is the name of the new program that debuts in 2023, and promises to mark a place in the history of the longest and most epic river cruises forever. They include specially curated experiences, exceptional amenities and a variety of excursions, which, as ‘Godfather of River Cruises’ and co-founder Rudi Schreiner assures us, “are voyages guaranteed to amaze.”
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They will have three departures: April 20, 2023, starting in the south of France along the Rhône river; on June 1, 2023, a very French experience as you cruise through the Normandy countryside; and August 24, 2023, to experience the transition from the days of summer to the autumn foliage of Europe while savoring world-renowned wines.
These cruises will take you past great capitals, charming towns and World Heritage sites along some of the world’s most legendary waterways.
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