The U.S. Relief Bill may not help the cruise industry, but bookings are rising quickly for Cruises for 2021.
After suspending operation and extending that suspension through May 12, 2020, Royal Caribbean may expect the worst. However, recent articles have shown the entire cruise industry has seen about a 9% increase in bookings for 2021.
Cruise with Confidence Program
This may be due in large part to the Cruise With Confidence program from Royal Caribbean. This program has been extended through September 1, 2020, for all those looking to cancel cruises scheduled before that date.
Royal Caribbean Business Was Booming
Before COVID-19, Royal Caribbean’s business was booming. They raked in about a $2 billion profit for 2019 and things were looking even better for 2020. The recent company success, along with rising 2021 bookings could be what helps Royal Caribbean survive this crisis and thrive on the other end of it.
Many cruisers have opted to switch their canceled cruise to a date in 2021. Others are booking 2021 cruises because of the discounted deals being offered right now and more discounts are expected in the future.
Royal Caribbean has enough confidence in the future, they even announced two Quantum-class ships and their sailing schedule for 2021 for Alaskan cruises out of Seattle. The company also added a Short Caribbean cruise from Galveston starting in April 2021.
With new cruise offerings, a hope for sailing again soon and 2021 bookings on the rise, Royal Caribbean is looking forward to a bright future.