Cruisers support fully vaxxed, close to home trip Cruisers support fully vaxxed, close to home trip

Close to home, vaxxed

More than 90% of avid cruisers from Australasia support moves to only allow fully vaccinated passengers and crew on board, according to a survey released at the CLIA Cruise Forum webinars on Friday.

Conducted by Cruise Critic, the Australia New Zealand-centric survey, which allowed people to tick more than one answer in this particular question, asked respondents which Covid health measures they supported to ensure a safer cruise experience.

The results were presented by Cruise Critic’s Colleen McDaniel – fittingly from her cabin on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. ‘Vaccination was rated as the most supported measure, which is fantastic because that is the tack cruise lines are taking,’ says McDaniel.

Pre-embarkation Covid tests and onboard testing were the second and third most supported measures respectively.

The survey also asked keen cruisers what they thought of the ‘local cruising first’ approach that cruise lines in Australia, New Zealand and Asia are taking. Almost 60% said they liked the approach, while 24% said they understand it but would rather companies focus on the overall return to cruising.

During the virtual event, P&O Cruises announced its plans to re-start operations with voyages for vaccinated guests and crew. Sture Myrmell, president of P&O Cruises Australia says P&O’s vaccination policy is an indication that everything possible is being done to support the safe resumption of cruising.

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