Cruise vacations are still a favorite choice among Americans, according to new consumer research from AAA. Forty-one percent of Americans say they are considering a cruise in the future, including more than half (52%) of millennials. AAA Travel booking data shows that cruising is making a strong comeback with 2022 bookings nearing pre-pandemic levels.
“Every major cruise line is exceeding CDC guidance, even though it is now voluntary,” said Alec Slatky, Director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Northeast. “Travelers are eager to return to the high seas in a safe manner to unplug and relax with loved ones.”
AAA found that 58 million Americans are considering a cruise in the next two years, with the all-inclusive experience, quality time with friends and family, and shore excursions the most-cited reasons for considering a cruise vacation.
International destinations like the Caribbean and Mediterranean continue to be the most popular choices for cruising. And as demand for all things travel is increasing, travelers should start planning their next trip. Cruise lines open reservations as early as two years ahead of sailing and sometimes offer better rates for booking early. AAA recommends that cruisers talk to a travel agent, who can advise on pandemic-related or other restrictions, access offers that may not be available directly to consumers, and navigate any itinerary changes that become necessary.
AAA found that Americans view cruising as safe as resort vacations. Cruise lines have implemented several safety protocols, such as vaccination and testing requirements for passengers and crew; enhanced medical facilities; upgraded ventilation systems; hand washing and hand sanitizer dispensers in high-traffic areas; contactless room service; use of medical-grade cleaning supplies; and virtual safety briefings.
To learn more about booking a cruise, visit vacations.aaa.com/cruises.