Cruising After Covid
With the various vaccination programmes rolling out across the world, we’re seeing an increase in enquiries for travel next year. By March 2022, Australians and New Zealander’s will have spent two years without travelling. For an intrepid lot, that’s a long time to be stuck at home! So how will this pan out once we all get moving again? That’s a good question
In the first instance, once the Trans-Tasman bubble resumes, we’re anticipating a significant number of people jumping the ditch, with a good portion of these going to visit family and friends. From New Zealand’s perspective, there may also be considerable traffic back to the Pacific Islands, again to see family and friends but also for a beach escape.
Then, as the world opens (and if the pandemic subsides), we’re likely to see a big surge in travellers heading overseas for that trip they’ve been waiting for. We’re also likely to see a big influx of overseas visitors who have spent the best part of a year or more in lockdown.
What this means is, air seats are likely to be at a premium. There are only so many seats in an aircraft and once they’re taken, they’re taken. That could mean that holiday makers will need to book well in advance if they are going to nab one for themselves. It also means a good number of those people who would have travelled in 2020 and 2021, will all be trying to squeeze into 2022 flights/cruises/accommodation/tours. We’re anticipating many of these ships – small ships especially – will sell out well in advance.
For Kiwis and Australians who notoriously book late, this will mean many will miss out. It’s going to be a different world out there and this is yet another area of our mind-set that we well may to need to adapt. Europeans especially book their travel far earlier than we do, and given many of these people will have been chomping at the bit for a bit of freedom (understandably!), we’re likely to see less availability than we have in the past.
As well, as things return to “normal” and ships/hotels/flights etc book up, the flexible booking conditions and deposit requirements we’re seeing now are likely to start fading away as cruise lines start to enjoy maximum occupancy and demand again.
It’s something to keep in mind if you’re planning on travelling again once the borders open.