In the clearest sign yet that the cruise drought is ending, a fresh fleet of ships is set to sail out in 2021.
After a year of isolation and lockdowns, four months on a ship is looking pretty good to cruise super fans.
International cruising remains in the doldrums but Australia's success in containing COVID-19 has already seen domestic small-ship cruises back in business.
One of the world's largest cruise lines is considering whether to make vaccination against Covid-19 a requirement for boarding.
The Royal Caribbean cruise was one of the company's first sailings since it halted global operations in March due to the pandemic, but it abruptly ended when a passenger tested positive.
The enforced pause has provided time for an embattled cruise industry to rethink and regroup.
If boarding a flight to nowhere to live out the good old days of travel is not attractive, how about a round-trip cruise sailing to nowhere?
Forget the tequila shots, straw markets and jewellery stores. If cruise lines are allowed to resume operations anytime soon, passengers won't be permitted to roam freely around port cities.
Carnival Corp - the parent company of nine cruise brands, including Princess, Costa, and Carnival - plans to sell 18 cruise ships in 2020, which amounts to 17 per cent of the company's ships.
Cruise line's stringent covid-19 guidelines were breached by a family on a shore excursion in Naples, which MSC says led to them denying those passengers re-entry to the liner.
If your travel ideals have changed during isolation, an expedition cruise in the Kimberley might just the thing to ease you back into the big wide world.
Cruising was a safe pastime before the coronavirus and it can become so again. Would I give it a second chance? You bet.