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Cruise has probably been shipping's most impacted business since the COVID19 outbreak. Prior to the pandemic, the sector had stellar growth forecasts, a fleet newbuild program of over 60 new vessels between 2020 and 2023 and a widening portoflio of candidate ports gearing up for cruise vessel port calls. Now practically the entire global fleet of cruise vessels is in lay up awaiting the global vaccination of its loyal customer base. What measures can ports take to accelerate the recovery in confidence of the cruise market, for both the visiting passengers and the port communities dependent on their visits for the local economies ?