Cruising vs Hotel Stays
You may have seen recently that Oceania Cruises’ 180-day luxury voyage Around the World in 180 days sold out in just one day. This ship caters for 684 guests and this particular cruise is billed as the “most expensive and in-depth of any world cruise available.” It just goes to show that people are still very willing to cruise and can’t wait to get back out there, despite the media painting a bleak picture! And why not? Let’s take a look at this.
Consider a 7 night cruise, compared to a 7 night hotel stay. Small ships take anywhere between 70-500 passengers, so let’s just choose one like Ponant’s Le Laperouse for this exercise. Le Laperouse takes a maximum of 264 guests, all on board for the same duration so that’s the sum total of guests you’ll interact with during your holiday. Now have a think about how many people in a hotel (or resort for that matter)…and how many people come and go during that time to give you a total number of guests sharing the same space during those 7 days. 1000? 2000? More?
Now consider the stringent cleaning and sanitation processes the cruise lines have implemented due to the outcry following the start of the pandemic and the heightened on-board medical facilities and testing requirements prior to boarding.
Ships have always had sanitation processes in place but it’s when people don’t adhere to them that things go wayward. Increased awareness will no doubt see passengers more vigilant about sanitising hands!
Finally, ships that operate their own expeditions and sightseeing further keep to the “ships bubble” as expedition leaders and guests are all part of the on-board group.
Suddenly the thought of cruising – especially small ship - seems like a very good option! Food for thought isn’t it?
Image: PONANT | Philip Plisson