Tui Cruises’ chief executive Wybcke Meier is optimistic demand for cruises will return to levels seen before the coronavirus outbreak in as little as a year’s time.
The cruiseline boss, speaking to The Telegraph, said she was convinced there would be a fast bounce-back for the cruise sector.
Tui, parent of UK and Ireland brand Marella Cruises brand, has been forced to cancel and delay itineraries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Marella Cruises has already suspended cruises until the end of June and is to retire Marella Celebration earlier than planned.
Meier told The Telegraph: “We are convinced that in the long-term the demand for premium and luxury cruises will not change.
“We will see the demand for cruises return to pre-crisis level within 12 to 18 months.”
Around half the customers whose trips were cancelled have already rebooked a cruise, she added.