Cruise West has reported a 52 percent increase in bookings since the beginning of July 2009 compared to July 2008.
“There is a strong close-in booking trend for Alaska and our other summer and fall products,” said Richard Genovese, vice president of sales and marketing. "This increase has been driven by those last-minute travelers interested in our core Alaska product, as well as our new summer Columbia and Snake Rivers itinerary.”
Cruise West has also seen an interest in the fall season, particularly for its last chance itineraries in Asia, aboard the Spirit of Oceanus. In 2010 the vessel will embark on a new 335-day world journey, the Voyages of the Great Explorers.
"We have been very pleased with these close-in bookings and believe that the consumer is beginning to feel better about traveling again. It really appears to be a harbinger of things to come for later this year and into 2010," Genovese said.
Cruisers can still find deals for 2009 Alaska cruises. Cruise West has extended its Alaska 25 percent off sale through the end of the season for all Alaska cruises.
Additionally, the line is offering a $200 per person shipboard credit on the following dates, August 20, 2009 on Inside Passage, July 29, August 5, August 26 and September 2, 2009 on Whales & Wilderness and August 1, 2009 on Glacier Bay Highlights.