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Cruise Radio News Briefs — February 11, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Cozumel Hoping to Be a Caribbean Homeport

Cozumel, Mexico is reaching out to European cruise lines in hopes of convincing them to homeport there for Caribbean cruises.

The tourism-dependent island is struggling under the financial burden of no cruise ship visits, and can’t wait much longer for ships to resume sailing from the U.S.

In a recent interview, Cozumel mayor Pedro Joaquín Delbouis said “If they cannot leave from the United States, let them make a route to the Caribbean sailing from Cozumel.”

Other route ideas that wouldn’t have to enter U.S. waters include voyages from Progreso, Yucatan, and Havana, Cuba.

STORY: Mexico Invites Cruise Lines to Sail from Cozumel

Royal Caribbean Keeping Quantum of the Seas in Singapore

Royal Caribbean has extended the Singapore season for Quantum of the Seas.

Previously, the ship was supposed to stay there through March 21. Now, Quantum will continue operating short two, three, and four-night cruises to nowhere from Singapore through June 21, 2021. 

The vessel successfully resumed sailings from Singapore in December.

STORY: Quantum Cruise Ship Will Stay in Asia Longer Than Scheduled

People Are Beyond Ready to Travel Post-Pandemic

According to a study commissioned by Vrbo, 65 percent of respondents plan to travel more post-pandemic than before. 54 percent say they’re more likely to take that big bucket-list trip.

That’s music to the ears of a struggling travel industry, which has seen a massive cut in revenue due to the global pandemic.

And the best news? Demand for cruising is stronger than ever, despite ships having not sailed from the U.S. in nearly a year.

STORY: Get Me Out Of Here: Future Travel Enthusiasm Is Soaring

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