Cruises and vacation experiences continue to see ‘very strong demand’: Naftali Holtz
Royal Caribbean Group Chief Financial Officer Naftali Holtz discusses the strong consumer demand for cruises and the impact the pandemic had on the industry on ‘Mornings with Maria.’
The cruise industry, which suffered significant financial losses and other COVID-related challenges over the past few years, is poised to have a strong 2023, according to a new survey.
Over half of U.S. adults say they are just as likely or more likely to consider taking a cruise vacation as they were prior to the pandemic, according to a AAA survey. That's up from 45% a year ago, according to the data.
AAA Senior Vice President of Travel Paula Twidale touted that "cruising is back in a big way" after years of uncertainty.
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"We expect a lot more people to book cruises in 2023 as several new ships have entered the market," Twidale said.
November was already a "record-breaking month for cruise bookings," with Black Friday marking the "single largest booking day in history" for many cruise companies, according to Twidale.