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.
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.
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.
Here are 10 things that the cruise industry should consider as it embarks on a path to recovery.
This luxury ship feels more like a billionaire's yacht.
Think hosting a dinner party is challenging? Try creating thousands of meals a day, every day of the year, aboard a moving cruise ship...
Every night is "lobster night" on this food-focused cruise.