The Costa Smeralda in Palma early last year. | Reuters
The boom in cruise tourism since the start of the century came to a grinding halt last year. There was a general stoppage of activity, punctuated by only some cruises offered under strict health conditions in the Mediterranean and the Baltic until the second wave of the virus broke out in Europe. There were, for example, stopovers in Greece and Malta, while German cruise operators were active in the Baltic.