Extended cruise demand ‘outstrips pre-pandemic levels’
UK cruisers are seeking more time at sea as bookings for longer sailings surpass 2019 levels, according to cruise.co.uk
Bookings for longer cruises, totalling at least 21 nights at sea, are outstripping pre-pandemic levels for UK guests.
Demand for extended sailings has risen by 10% this year compared to 2019.
Voyages of three weeks and over travel to destinations across the world and often include hotel stays and tours either side of sailing.
Sailings from Sydney to Pacific Islands such as Bora Bora, Tahiti and Hawaii have seen the biggest percentage spike in popularity.
Other longer itineraries proving popular with UK passengers include a 30-night tour of the far east including Singapore and Tokyo; 27 nights in Australia and New Zealand; and a 37-night ‘Pacific Paradise’ sailing to Fiji, Vanuatu and Hong Kong. All are in late 2022 and 2023.
Cruise.co,.uk deputy managing director Tony Andrews said: “Guests are increasingly booking for longer periods of time away to really make the most of their holiday after so much time indoors. It’s clear there is a real appetite for extended cruises, in part because our opportunities to travel have been so limited for nearly 18 months now.
“Extended cruises are a fantastic holiday option; not only will you enjoy a wonderful time onboard and at the various stops your ship calls at, but there’s also the opportunity to explore your destination on land both before and after sailing.”