Analysts Upbeat On North American Cruise Booking Trends

Cruise Week

The latest North American cruise booking trends are seen as positive both for close-in and 2016.

Suntrust's September Cruise Pricing Survey reports that overall, advertised pricing for CCL, RCL and NCLH are all up. There also appears to be less distressed inventory.

C. Patrick Scholes of Suntrust reports, “Changing yield management strategies for Royal and especially Carnival brands are very apparent in our checks, with near-in advertised pricing growth very strong.”
    
Among notables, the Carnival and Seabourn brands have shown the strongest near-in [1 to 3 months] advertised pricing increases, up 23% year-over-year and 16.5% year-over-year respectively in the September survey.
    
Scholes adds: “RCL is more aggressive on 2016 pricing than in the previous several months. NCLH advertised pricing continues to be strong, partly driven by its mix of new ships.”





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