This article originally appeared on Travelandleisure.com.
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We’re all anxious to get back to sea. The proof? When Royal Caribbean put out a Facebook call for volunteers to help test out the line’s stringent new COVID-19 protocols, more than 100,000 cooped-up explorers raised their digital hands. So even as cruise companies continue to cancel trips as they try to navigate the pandemic, consumers, it seems, can’t wait to go.
“Travelers are picking up their dreams and trying to make them reality as fast as possible,” says Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer of Silversea Cruises.
Much remains uncertain for cruising in the coming months, but the industry has used last year’s unprecedented pause to prepare for a grand return. Here are four promising developments to watch…