Demand for cruises on small ships jumps in wake of COVID pandemic



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Is a cruise on a smaller ship the safest way to go in the era of COVID-19?

A growing number of cruise fans apparently think so, judging from the high number of bookings that are coming in for 2021 sailings at cruise lines that specialize in small ships.

In session after session this week at Seatrade Cruise Virtual, an online version of the cruise industry’s annual meetup, small-ship cruise line executives said bookings for the coming year were booming, thanks to a newfound interest in smaller vessels.

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“They’re huge guys. They really are,” Susan Shultz-Gelino, vice president for trade relations at small-ship specialist American

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Sala Hospitality jumps aboard private cruises trend

Thailand’s Sala Hospitality Group has partnered boat rental company True Leasing to create private cruise packages that pair a stay and dining experience with a sightseeing trip along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

The cruise aboard a classic mahogany Hacker-Craft boat will sail past the city’s landmarks such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Escorted by a boat captain, all boats offer seating for up to five guests – ideal for couples, families and groups of friends.

Sala Hospitality Group’s partnership with True Leasing lets guests enjoy private tours aboard a classic handcrafted mahogany boat, an exclusive five-course dinner, and suite stays at sala rattanakosin Bangkok

Guests can choose from two curated packages that combine cruises and a five-course menu crafted by the chefs at the sala rattanakosin Bangkok’s Eatery and Bar, with the option of overnight stays at the hotel.

Couples can enjoy this lunch

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