Are cruise ships sailing at full capacity?

Before the pandemic, cruise ships routinely sailed at 100% or more capacity. This is because the total capacity is based on double occupancy and some rooms can accommodate more than two passengers. A survey of Cruise Critic readers revealed that only 18 percent of those surveyed were “anxious for ships to return to full capacity. Most ships sail at a lower than maximum capacity, in part to encourage physical distancing.

The Majestic Princess set off on its maiden voyage from the port of Los Angeles at approximately 60% capacity. Cruise lines plan to increase capacity in the coming months. Quiet cruise days are about to become a thing of the past, as cruise lines are increasingly removing pandemic-era capacity restrictions. According to Cruise Critic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its “COVID-19” program for cruise ships operating in the United States.

The cruise industry suffered its biggest financial blow in decades, when the COVID-19 pandemic stopped most travel for months and made cruise fans nervous to think twice before booking a sea trip. Cruise lines across the country are slowly returning to the pre-pandemic era after initially implementing rules such as the use of masks and limiting the number of people on board to convince cruise ships to return to the sea, Cruise Critic reported. Cruise ship ratings are the highest in the past two years and are close to pre-pandemic levels, with the most significant recovery among cruise ship newcomers.

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