As “Freedom Day” and the end of Covid 19 restrictions approach in England, so too does an end to some of the restrictions placed on cruising.

From July 19, cruise ships will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity. Previously, much larger ships able to carry several thousand guests could only sail with 1000 passengers, and smaller vessels with 1000 passengers or at 50% capacity, whichever was lower. This has all caused a big headache for the cruise operators and a major hindrance to those operating much bigger cruise ships.

The move is welcomed by cruise body CLIA and it’s the positive news and boost that the industry needed in order to get more people sailing again, and to once again start generating revenue.

The government is also planning on removing many social distancing restrictions from July 19, however, we suspect that the majority of cruise lines will keep some measures in place in order to ensure the continued safe operating of vessels for both passengers and crew.

 

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