The coronavirus pandemic has reduced global numbers of ocean cruise passengers from 29.7 million in 2019 to 4.8 million in 2021.
Currently, passenger volume is expected to fully recover and surpass 2019 levels by the end of 2023, according to a report by the Cruise Lines International Association.
The graph, prepared by the German data company Statista, uses a consumer survey to show the percentage of people in different countries who have booked a cruise ship during the past twelve months, according to what was seen by Al Arabiya.net.
Of the countries surveyed, cruises were most popular among Finnish respondents, with one in four people booking a cruise. Cruise ships were slightly less popular among residents of neighboring Sweden and Norway, with 15% and 11% of respondents saying they had booked a cruise, respectively.
Egypt ranked second with 18% of those surveyed in the report, and it is the only country outside Europe and North America on the list.
This type of vacation did not receive much interest from the countries surveyed in southern Europe, such as Italy (6%), France (5%) and Spain (4%).
A recent report by Euronews highlighted cities such as Barcelona, which suffered from empty cruise berths during the pandemic, and which are now rethinking their policies in order to mitigate the effects of overtourism.
Ranking of countries most interested in cruises