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Tui Cruises chief confident demand will return within a year

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.

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