The cruise industry plans to resume operations with vaccinated crew and guests this summer as travel restrictions are eased and vaccines are introduced, fueling hope after a year of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
MSC Cruises emerged as the top company among influencer conversations on Twitter on the Cruise Influencer Platform. This was followed by Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in the second quarter of 2021, as GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, announced.
Influencer conversations related to “Vaccination” on GlobalData’s Cruise Influencer Platform showed 250% quarter-over-quarter growth in Q2 2021 as leading cruise lines plan to begin rolling out vaccination for both crew and guests.
GlobalData influencer analyst Smitarani Tripathy said, “Influencers’ opinions have been largely positive on the cruise line’s plan to resume services with vaccinated guests and crew members, while adhering to health and safety protocols for risk-free travel.”
Last month, MSC Cruises saw an increase in conversation among influencers after announcing a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination schedule for all crew members prior to the ship’s voyage in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. The company will also start operations in August from the United States, where all crew members will be vaccinated, while guests are not required to be vaccinated.
In June, Royal Caribbean announced that six of its ships would begin cruising with vaccinated crew and guests from Florida and Texas over the next several months.
However, it later delayed the Odyssey of the Seas voyage from July 3 to July 30 after eight of its crew members tested positive for Covid-19.
Royal Caribbean is the first cruise line to receive Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approval to begin re-sailing in US waters.
Norwegian Cruise Line also intends to start sailing in July, with vaccination as its top mandate. Carnival Cruise Line has made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for cruise ships from July.
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