Photos show people on cruise ships setting sail around the world for the first time in more than a year

Photos show people on cruise ships setting sail around the world for the first time in more than a year
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LEFT: This image shows a group of people standing in front of a cruise ship waving to the camera. RIGHT: This image shows a blue waterslide with a man sliding down it with his hands in the air.
Cruise ships are setting sale for the first time since 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli, Alfonso Duran/Getty Images
  • As the travel sector reopens in countries across the globe, cruise season is ramping up once again.

  • The cruise industry halted in 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Photos show what some cruises look like with fewer passengers.

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Cruises are making a comeback as traveling resumes in countries around the world.

This image shows a cruise ship in the distance docked in Cozumel with buildings and palm trees and the beach in the foreground.
Adventure of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, the first cruise ship carrying tourists to Cozumel since in Cozumel, Mexico June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Paola Chiomante

In June, Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas set sail to Cozumel, becoming the cruise line's first ship carrying tourists to embark since March 2020.

This image shows about 10 people standing in a loose line on a strip overlooking the ocean.
Tourists walk along a dock after disembarking from the cruise ship Adventure of the Seas in Cozumel, Mexico on June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Paola Chiomante

Before that, members of the media were able to board the Costa Smeralda cruise ship in Civitavecchia, Italy, on May 27, as Reuters reported, while following safety protocols like mask-wearing and testing.

This image shows a man getting a swab from another person in a hazmat suit.
A man takes a swab before he gets on board the Costa Smeralda cruise ship during an open day for media on May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Source: Reuters

Costa Cruises are operating at a lower capacity than they used to and are allowing a limited number of passengers in each common area on the ship, according to their website.

This image shows a blue waterslide with a man sliding down it with his hands in the air.
A man rides a water slide at the Costa Smeralda cruise ship during an open day for media in Civitavecchia, Italy, on May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Source: Costa Cruises

This means there will be fewer crowds in areas like sun decks and relaxation rooms.

This image shows a line of blue beach chairs on the edge of a cruise ship with a man sunbathing on the left side. It shows the ocean on the far left side and blue skies across the top.
A man sunbathes at the Costa Smeralda cruise ship during an open day for media in Civitavecchia, Italy, on May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Source: Costa Cruises

Since shows on the ship won't be holding as many people, the cruise line's website says the events will be repeated throughout the week.

This image looks down on a purple circular stage with a singer standing in the top center and people sitting on the circle's outer rim.
A singer performs on the stage inside the Costa Smeralda cruise ship during an open day for media in Civitavecchia, Italy, on May 27, 2021 REUTERS/Remo Casilli

As cruises returned to Italy, people in Venice protested the gigantic vessels passing through because the Italian government banned the ships from St. Mark's Square in March, The Guardian reported on June 5.

This image shows people on small boats with signs that say "NO" headed towards a large cruiseship
Venice residents hold a protest to demand an end to cruise ships passing through the lagoon city on June 5, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Source: The Guardian

In Spain, a German vessel from TUI Cruises called Mein Schiff 2, was the first cruise ship carrying tourists to arrive in the country since June 2020, as Cruise Industry News reported.

This image shows a person in a robe waving from a balcony of a cruise ship.
A German tourist stands on the cruise ship in Malaga, Spain, on June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Source: Cruise Industry News

The ship first docked in Malaga, Spain, where passengers got to go on "bubble adventures," which are organized excursions that follow coronavirus safety protocols, according to the same article.

This image shows two people looking at a piece of paper another person is holding in front of a cruise ship.
Tourists leaving the cruise ship Mein Shiff 2, which has arrived from the first call at the port of Malaga, to visit the city on June 15, 2021 in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain Alex Zea/Europa Press via Getty Images

Source: Cruise Industry News

With more than 1,000 tourists on board, Mein Schiff 2 organized small groups of passengers to venture to attractions and nearby towns.

This image shows a group of people standing in front of a cruise ship waving to the camera.
A group of German tourists pose in the port of Cartagena after docking the cruise ship in which they travel on June 19, 2021 in Cartagena, Spain. Alfonso Duran/Getty Images

Source: Cruise Industry News

The Mayor of Malaga, Francisco De la Torre, told Cruise Industry News that reactivating the port will help revive tourism in the area.

This image shows the tops of buildings in front of a cruise ship docked in Spain.
Views of the cruise ship of the TUI company docked in the port of Cartagena on June 19, 2021, in Cartagena, Spain. Alfonso Duran/Getty Images

The first US cruise in 15 months set sail from Miami on June 20, as Bloomberg reported. The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas trip is a "simulated voyage," meaning it's a test run designed to prove cruising is safe even though the pandemic isn't over yet.

This image shows two passengers on a cruise ship deck.
Passengers on the deck of the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas before setting sail from PortMiami on June 20, 2021, in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Source: Bloomberg

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