Of those, almost half (49%) will be back onboard within the next six months. 13% will be onboard within three months, the agency reports.
The survey also revealed that almost 95% of passengers who had a cruise holiday in 2021 felt their health and wellbeing was protected by the measures onboard. Over 60% said the measures were 'very important' or 'quite important' as part of their decision to sail again. cruise.co.uk sells cruises online operated by over 30 brands.
61% of bookings made in early 2022 depart from the UK on domestic or overseas sailings, compared to 50% for the same period two years ago. Last year, with overseas travel restricted, cruise.co.uk booked 65% of its customers on round Britain voyages.
Tony Andrews, cruise.co.uk’s deputy managing director, said: ‘We are very encouraged by these figures, which clearly demonstrate the majority of cruise passengers are keen to get back on the water.
‘The success of last year’s round Britain season means we are seeing demand from both seasoned cruisers as well as guests who sailed for the first time.
‘As testing restrictions are increasingly lifted, we’re confident holidaymakers will continue to choose cruise,’ he added.