Cruise ships are mostly docked, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people avoid setting sail in the foreseeable future because of the high risk of spreading COVID-19 while on board. That goes for river cruises, too.
But if you’re still looking for a way to get out on the water, and go for a safe, socially distanced sail, there’s an alternative: Boat-sharing services, which, pardon the pun, are doing quite well staying afloat during the pandemic. From kayaks to houseboats to luxury superyachts, you can rent or charter a watercraft and sun yourself at sea, go for a snorkeling adventure, enjoy a swim or take in a sunset while safely sailing with a small group.
Cruise canceled? Check out the rentals available on GetMyBoat.com, which has 130,000 boats, yachts … [+] and other types of watercraft available in more than 180 countries.
Right now, the CDC deems cruise ship travel as risky, registering it at a Level 4, or “Very High Level of COVID-19” as cruise ship boats accommodate thousands of travelers. Earlier this fall, the CDC issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order” for cruise ships wanting to sail on U.S. waters, which includes a phased approach although most cruises have been canceled for 2020-21.
While most travel and travel adjacent businesses have been hit hard amid coronavirus, boat-sharing services have seen some tremendous gains in business and are bidding for future bookings as people start to think about ways to warm up this winter or plan a reimaged, scaled back Spring Break.