A new data-driven report by InsureMyTrip and Cruise Critic reveals that more travelers prefer to book a cruise during late January than any other time during the year. Data shows online searches for cruise deals typically spikes in early January. Then, there’s a surge in cruise deposits sometime between the last several days of January and the first couple of days of February.
In addition to a new buying cycle expected for 2019, cruisers can expect the following trends:
Technology Enhancements — Travelers can look forward to improved internet capabilities and technologies being rolled out across brands like Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian and MSC in the upcoming year.
Longer Time In Port, Less At Sea — More cruise lines will provide additional time in port and less time at sea, giving cruisers more time to explore destinations. Also, many cruise lines are planning port enhancements and upgrades.
More Personalized Experiences — Expect more cabin upgrades and perks for suite passengers, like personal concierges and private dining.
Increased Demand For Travel Insurance —More will purchase cruise-specific travel insurance for 2019 voyages.
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Methodology: Data includes search trends on Google, traffic volume to Cruise Critic website, and travel insurance purchases on InsureMyTrip.