Stats: Cruise Booking Window Expanding

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CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends report for the month of April 2020. Of note, the booking window for contemporary/premium, luxury and rivers cruises are, on average, being booked further out. While the window shrunk a bit for contemporary/premium cruises from March to April, the numbers are still up from January and February. 

The average number of days between the date the cruise was booked and the date it sails:

  • Contemporary/Premium: 209
  • Luxury: 471
  • River: 435

In March, these numbers were 214, 329 and 300, respectively. For February, it was 201, 256 and 225, respectively; in January: 174, 278 and 224.

Here are some other findings:

Most Popular Cruise Lines (based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month):

  1. Premium/Contemporary: Royal Caribbean International
  2. Luxury: Oceania Cruises
  3. River: American Cruise Lines

In second place is Carnival Cruise Lines for premium/contemporary, Cunard Line for luxury and Viking River Cruises for river. 

Most Popular Cruise Regions (based on the total number of quote requests for each region)

  1. 1. Premium/Contemporary: Caribbean
  2. 2. Luxury: Europe
  3. 3. River: Europe

Next in popularity are North America for premium/contemporary, North America for luxury and North America for river. 

Most Popular Cruise Ports Visited (based on the total number of quote requests for each port visited during cruise itineraries, excluding departure ports)

  1. Premium/Contemporary: CocoCay
  2. Luxury: Bergen, Norway
  3. 3. River: Baton Rouge, LA

Next in popularity are Cozumel, Mexico for premium/contemporary Copenhagen, Denmark for luxury and Cologne, Germany for river.  

Most Popular Countries Visited (based on the total number of quote requests for each country visited during cruise itineraries, excluding countries of departure)

  1. Premium/Contemporary: Bahamas
  2. Luxury: United States
  3. River: United States

Second are Mexico for premium/contemporary, Spain for luxury and Germany for river. 

The most popular cruise itinerary length across the board was seven nights. In second are five nights for premium/contemporary, 14 nights for luxury and eight nights for river.

The CruiseCompete CruiseTrends report is sponsored by EyeforTravel Ltd.

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