How Will Cruising Be Different Since the Pandemic? Now that cruises are returning to the US, many wonder how cruising will be different since the pandemic. Cruising Before the Pandemic Before the pandemic, guests had unlimited exposure to each other: in theatres, in lines to disembark in a port, in elevators, and so on. But now, the risk of infection looms on people’s minds. Historically, cruise lines kept ships and guest areas exceptionally clean.