Agent Survey Finds More Travellers Seeking Longer Cruises
In a recent survey of travel agents by CLIA, 37% reported an increase in bookings of 14 to 100 day cruises. Agents report that longer sailings, including world cruises of several months, are increasingly popular among both retired and affluent travellers.
Agents also reported that (no surprise) the biggest advantage of long cruises is the ability to see many places hassle-free, without having to deal with multiple airports and packing and unpacking.
Long and world cruises are offered by a variety of cruise lines. Here is a sampling of upcoming choices:
• Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sun returns to South America for the 1st time in 5 years with 14 day cruises between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires, from November 2015 through March 2016.
• Carnival Cruise Line's longer itineraries include a 12 day Journey of Discovery sailing from Galveston on the Carnival Triumph, embarking 02MAR and calling on Grand Cayman, Limon, Cartagena and Santa Marta. On the West Coast, the Carnival Miracle will operate three 15 day round-trip cruises from Long Beach to Hawaii, embarking mid-October through mid-November.
• All 3 Cunard ocean liners will celebrate the line's 175th anniversary in 2015 with world cruises. The Queen Mary 2 sets sail on a 113 day voyage from Los Angeles, embarking in January, and visiting 54 ports in 29 countries including in the South Pacific, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. A 57 day Boomerang cruise (back by popular demand) has pax embarking in February on the Queen Elizabeth from San Francisco and then switching ships in Australia to the Queen Victoria, with an 8 day land stay exploring deeper into the land Down Under.
• Princess Cruises offers 10 day and longer cruises including a 40 day World Cruise Segment on the Sea Princess, embarking New York 25JUL and taking pax to Sydney by way of the Panama Canal and South America, French Polynesia and New Zealand. Princess Cruises’ Full World Cruise on Pacific Princess will be the 1st time a Princess’ World Cruise will depart and return from North America. The 111 day voyage sails round-trip from Los Angeles, embarking 23JAN, with the itinerary spanning 6 continents.
• Holland America Line's long cruises include a 114 day Grand World Voyage on the ms Amsterdam, also available in segments.
• Central and South America get focus on a 34 day Seabourn itinerary embarking 21MAR16 on Seabourn Odyssey. The Path of Galleons cruise, from Los Angeles to Barcelona brings guests to ports in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, and also visits Fort Lauderdale and the Portuguese island of Madeira.