Clia has welcomed prime minister Boris Johnson’s vote of confidence in the sector, and pledged to continue working closely with government to develop a plan to allow cruising to resume.
During Wednesday’s coronavirus press briefing (10 June), Johnson was asked what the government was doing "to ensure the safety of the cruise sector" and protect thousands of jobs.
Johnson conceded cruise would have to go through "a period of self-reinvention" to become Covid-secure, but backed the sector’s resilience to emerge from the coronavirus crisis.
"I have no doubt it [cruise] can do it," said Johnson. "It is a great, great British industry, and we will support it in any way we can."