More customers booking off-season cruises, says Travel Counsellors

By Harry Kemble
10/03/2023
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Travel Counsellors is reporting a boom in off-season cruises among clients.

According to bookings made in January and February, spring cruises and late winter trips are on the rise.

Out of the 1,700-plus bookings for cruise holidays sold this year so far, 40% have been for cruises during off-season, with departures in either February to May or between October and November.

Late cruise bookings for January to May have increased by 54% compared to 2019.

The data also shows that 60% of all January to February cruise bookings included travellers opting for upgraded fares including customer credits, both all-inclusive packages and on-board credit.

Travel Counsellors says this proves customers are more likely to take advantage of their on-board options to save money.

More customers are also wanting to re-package their cruise for longer stays in destination, to make the most of their travel experience.

Travel Counsellors Head of Cruise Janet Whittingham said: “Cruise customers are looking to make savings on their cruise holidays by booking during the off-season with spring cruises and late winter experiencing the biggest growth.

“I think travellers are appreciating the range and variety of cruise trips on offer, whatever the season and many are looking to try a new time of voyage with some very competitive pricing.

“Another trend we are seeing is that many of our customers are taken advantage of their Future Cruise Credits (FCCs) they acquired over the pandemic and are finally now able to spend so are opting to book more than one cruise or are treating themselves with upgrades such as suite class cruises or balconies.”

The data also revealed that the most popular itineraries for this period were around the Iberian Peninsula from Southampton, Caribbean circular from Fort Lauderdale, and Canary Islands/Madeira from Southampton.

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