Agents Say Advance Alaska Cruise Sales Best In Years
advance sales for cruise business is strong for 2016, but reports says some
are clearly outperforming others – with Alaska at the forefront.
Retailers report waning availability for desired categories in Alaska next
numerous ships, dates and key categories.
having difficulty finding port sidebalcony
space on southbound cruises from Seward to Vancouver and starboard side balconystaterooms on northbound cruises from
Vancouver to Seward," reports Sherrie Funk of JustCruisin' Plus.
Based on Cruise Week’s conversations with retailers, she's not the only
one having a hard timefinding
space. "Alaska is having its strongest year in the early goings since the
2007/08," says another retailer.
Aggressive upfront promotions by leading lines are seen as one factor. Thosepromotions often overlap with Europe,
but business on the books for 2016Europe
is not as rosy as Alaska for the upcoming summer, according to agents.
Europe, "we'reseeing a
fairly high level of promotion, especially for balconies and suite categories,"