The Courier Mail Reports that Cruise ships are set to return to the sunshine state within months.

However, things will looks and operate a little differently in a post-pandemic world.

It’s no secret that the cruise industry was brought to an abrupt halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially after the Ruby Princess debacle.

Almost a year on, companies are now opening up for bookings in 2021 due to a surge in demand for Queensland routes on the world’s biggest cruise line, Carnival.

Carnival has said that they hope to resume cruise itineraries in Brisbane from June this year after experiencing a 400 per cent increase in Queensland voyage demands.

The new focus routes will include, Cairns, Port Douglas, Airlie Beach and Moreton Island, boosting much needed funds back into our local economy.

Jennifer Vandekreeke, Carnival Australia vice-president said the company was buoyed by the demand for Queensland cruises.

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“We are going to be back with bells on,” she said.

“We’re still in the hands of the state and federal governments, but there is already a lot of excitement about getting cruising back.

“We’re getting a great response on bookings and we know there’s lots of passengers who can’t wait for us to come back so that’s really exciting.”

Vandekreeke highlighted strict safety recommendations introduced by the Cruise Line International Association, including mandatory COVID-19 testing for passengers and crew before they embark.

A cruise to Moreton Island sure would be one way to cure the holiday blues!

This article originally appeared in the Courier Mail.

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