Almost a month into the new year and the UK government still refuses to confirm when it will lift its ban on cruise travel. So how can cruise lines plan for the future amid such uncertainty, and how has it impacted consumer demand? Will the industry still see a “wave period” this year, once restrictions are lifted? How are cruise businesses maintaining staff morale at this difficult time? And what does it mean for the long-term future of the sector? TTG editor Sophie Griffiths interviews Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd’s vice-president EMEA Ben Bouldin about navigating a business through uncharted waters.