The coronaviral pandemic has already led to more than $1 trillion in health care spending, but this year, it also resulted in more than a $50 billion increase in cruise ship shipments, according to data from cruise ships and the cruise industry’s largest freight brokerage.
The cruise industry reported Thursday that the year’s first wave of cruise ships carrying coronavirus-positive passengers to destinations around the world made a total of 5,800 voyages to destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
That’s up from 3,200 the year before and 1,600 in 2016.
Cruise ships from several countries also shipped passengers to Australia, India, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Cruise ship deliveries to the U.S. are up by $3.3 billion, from a year earlier, according the National Cruise Line Association.
For its part, the cruise company said it expects its passenger shipments to grow at a healthy clip through the end of 2020, while cruise ship service to the US is expected to remain flat through the first half of 2021.
The company’s cruise ship fleet is also getting better.
According to the National Cruise Association, cruise ship ships are currently operating at higher levels of efficiency and are better able to meet passenger demand for more comfortable travel.