Wednesday, February 8, 2023

This 2023 is presented as a “strong year” for cruise ships in the US.

This 2023 is presented as a “strong year” for cruise ships after the crisis generated by the pandemic, according to a new study in which Barcelona (Spain) appears as the third preferred international port of departure for Americans inclined to make a trip of that kind this year.

The report carried out by the American Automobile Association (AAA), the largest motorist organization in the US, which has its own travel agency, indicates that 52% of US adults say they are as much or more prone than before the pandemic to board a cruise ship.

A year ago, 45% thought so, according to the AAA, which has 62 million members between the US and Canada.

“The ‘cruise ship’ has returned with everything. We hope that many more people will sign up for one of those trips, since there are several new boats on the market,” said Debbie Haas, vice president of travel for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

November was a month in which records were broken in cruise reservations and for many companies in the sector last Black Friday (November 25, 2022) was the day with the most reservations in history, he said in a statement.

Among people thinking about cruising this year, family-friendly and luxury ships are most popular, but river cruises on smaller vessels that offer personalized itineraries and port-centric experiences are gaining popularity, says the report.

“Cruises offer great value compared to other vacation options,” Haas said, noting that cruise lines “have taken extensive steps to promote health and safety on board, so you can expect attention to detail and cleanliness.” .

“In the event of an unexpected illness, they have protocols in place to isolate passengers while they recover,” he stresses.

The study includes a list of the most popular cruise destinations for 2023 and departure cities, both in the US and in the rest of the world.

Anchorage, in Alaska; Honolulu, in Hawaii, and Seattle, in the state of Washington, are the three favorite ports of departure in the US, while in international cruises the trio is made up of Vancouver (Canada), Athens (Greece) and Barcelona (Spain). .

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