SURVEY: Cruising Comfort and Safety Levels Jump 21% 40% of Travelers Have Already Cruised Since the Pandemic 

August 1, 2022

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Lebanon, NH – August 1, 2022 – Comfort levels for cruising climbed 21%, according to the world’s most experienced travelers responding to the Global Rescue Summer 2022 Traveler Safety and Sentiment Survey 

Nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents feel much safer or safe enough to cruise compared to only 19% of respondents earlier this year. Forty percent of respondents have already taken a cruise since the pandemic started or, if they haven’t, they plan to this year.  

“Confidence in cruising safety is reflected in traveler perception and behavior. The cruise industry will continue to rebound since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discontinued its COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships on July 18,” said Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue, the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services and a member of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Commerce.   

Cruise industry officials welcomed the end of the mandatory program in favor of a voluntary set of guidelines for public health.  

“This is an important step forward in the CDC aligning the guidelines for cruise with those it has established for other travel, hospitality and entertainment sectors,” said Cruise Lines International Association spokeswoman Anne Madison. The CDC will continue to publish guidance to help cruise ships continue to provide “a safer and healthier environment” for passengers, crew and communities. 

“Travelers are eager to make up for lost travel and they want to do it as safely and confidently as possible so they can regain their family vacations and adventure travels. Seven-out-of-10 travelers are less concerned about travel, including cruises, compared to the beginning of the pandemic. They are going forward with international and domestic travel despite rising costs and travel industry staff shortages,” Richards said.  


Contact Bill McIntyre at or 202.560.1195 (phone/text) for more information.  

About the Global Rescue Traveler Sentiment and Safety Survey   

Global Rescue, the leading travel risk and crisis response provider, conducted a survey of more than 2,100 of its current and former members between July 12 and 16, 2022. The respondents exposed a range of behaviors, attitudes and preferences regarding international and domestic travel. 

About Global Rescue  

Global Rescue is the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services to enterprises, governments and individuals. Founded in 2004, Global Rescue has exclusive relationships with the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Division of Special Operations and Elite Medical Group. Global Rescue provides best-in-class services that identify, monitor and respond to client medical and security crises. Global Rescue has provided medical and security support to its clients, including Fortune 500 companies, governments and academic institutions, during every globally significant crisis of the last two decades. For more information, visit  

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