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It’s always educational to peruse the monthly CruiseTrends reports published by CruiseCompete, an online cruise marketplace that tracks current consumer popularity in ocean and river cruising across several categories. Let’s see what can be gleaned from each of them below.
Most Popular Cruise Lines
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Cruise Line
2. Luxury: Oceania Cruises
3. River: Viking River Cruises
In second place is Royal Caribbean International for premium/contemporary, Cunard for luxury and AmaWaterways for river. More…
We say: This data comes as no surprise, as Carnival Cruise Line and Viking River Cruises, the most ubiquitous companies in their respective categories, take top honors. Oceania Cruises most likely leads as a value proposition in the luxury segment, but you would similarly expect reasonably priced Azamara Club Cruises to be higher on the list as well.
Most Popular Cruise Ships
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each ship)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Regal Princess
2. Luxury: Oceania Riviera (changed from Queen Mary 2 last month)
3. River: MS AmaPrima (changed from Viking Var last month)
Next in popularity are Allure of the Seas for premium/contemporary, Queen Mary 2 for luxury and MS AmaSerena for river. More…
We say: The Regal Princess is Princess Cruises’ newest ship and, with recent interest in its forthcoming sister-ship, the Majestic Princess in China, its placement here makes sense. It is interesting that the AmaPrima replaced the Viking Var since last month, as both are two years old and not from the most recent crop of either line, but most consumers are not likely to know that.
Most Popular Cruise Regions
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each region)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Caribbean
2. Luxury: Europe
3. River: Europe
Next in popularity are North America for premium/contemporary, Caribbean for luxury and Asia/Far East for river. More…
We say: With so many ships sailing in the Caribbean year-round it makes sense that the region reigns supreme for contemporary cruises and still second for luxury sailings. Of course, Europe holds strong for the other two with the increased popularity of luxury and river cruises overseas.
Most Popular Cruise Departure Ports
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each departure port)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2. Luxury: Miami, Fla.
3. River: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (changed from Budapest, Hungary last month)
Next in popularity are Miami, Fla. for premium/contemporary, Southampton, U.K. for luxury and Budapest, Hungary for river. More…
We say: Miami and Fort Lauderdale are the biggest Floridian ports for Caribbean access, and in Europe, Amsterdam and the port it replaced from last month, Budapest, are often embarkation and disembarkation cities linked by extended itineraries.
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: Cozumel, Mexico
2. Luxury: Gustavia, St. Barts
3. River: Vienna, Austria
Next in popularity are Nassau, Bahamas for premium/contemporary, Bora Bora, French Polynesia for luxury and Cologne, Germany for river. More…
We say: At first glance, it may seem surprising that St. Barts made the list, but luxury lines do indeed frequent more off-the-beaten-path destinations. The more common ports, Cozumel included, still remain the mainstay of contemporary lines.
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: Mexico
2. Luxury: United States
3. River: Germany
Second are Bahamas for premium/contemporary, Spain for luxury and Austria for river. More…
We say: A renewed interest in Mexico as a cruise destination is a nice thing to see. The Mexican Riviera may soon see a resurgence accordingly. United States as the most popular line to be visited by luxury lines is certainly surprising, since luxury lines sail almost exclusively in foreign regions. Perhaps they should rethink their itineraries a bit to align with this surge in interest.
Most Popular Cabin Types
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cabin type)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Balcony
2. Luxury: Balcony
3. River: Balcony
We say: Balconies across the board are the most popular, and cruise lines continue to launch ships with more and more balconies, many only with verandas to meet this very demand.
Most Popular Cruise Itinerary Lengths
(Based on most requested itinerary lengths)
1. Premium/Contemporary: 7 nights
2. Luxury: 7 nights
3. River: 8 nights
Second are 5 nights for premium/contemporary, 10 nights for luxury and 15 nights for river.
We say: A week still holds as the sweet spot for cruise vacations and is unlikely to change unless U.S. citizens are given more vacation time. One can only wish that would come true.
Most Popular Sailing Months Requested
(Based on the most requested months)
1. Premium/Contemporary: December 2015
2. Luxury: January 2016
3. River: December 2015 (changed from October 2015 last month)
We say: If nothing else, this should give you an idea of the upcoming high season when not to book to stay clear of crowds both onboard and ashore.