The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has just released its 2017 Cruise Industry Consumer Outlook, and the report indicates that cruise popularity is on the rise....and that's good....for both the cruise lines and their travel agent partners.
CLIA engaged J. D. Power with the job of checking on consumer travel behaviors and opinions regarding the cruise industry, and the first report found that 64% of the responders said their awareness of a cruise vacation had improved over the last two years.
Interest in both river and ocean cruising is on the rise as 63% are interested taking both a river and ocean cruise vacation while another 30% were most excited about taking a river cruise.
In my opinion, an interesting fact from this survey was that 50% were willing to drive 500 miles to a port. I wonder if that says something about the negative publicity regarding air travel.
Royal Caribbean reported adjusted net income in '16 was $1.31 billion versus $1.07 billion in 2015. Their yields are expected to increase 4-6% over the full year of 2017. In their recent press release, the company said “its booked position for 2017 is better than last year's record high, and at higher rates. Strength from North American consumers is driving exceptionally positive trends for North American and European products. These trends, along with a positive outlook for Australia and a solid booked position in China for the first half of the year, are positioning the company for robust growth in 2017.”
A very popular site for cruise information, the Cruise Critic, had a recent list of the most popular cruise ships, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line had 3 of the top 5 ships in the list: Allure of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas. Those are three of the largest ships ever built with a population of about 5,000 persons on each sailing. Of course they have to have ports that are built and positioned to not only handle the ships, but also the infrastructure to take care of all those cruise adventurers as they begin exploring those islands.
Announcement was made this week by Norwegian Cruise Lines and the Miami-Dade County Commission that they were going to combine the existing terminals B and C into a new Terminal B. That terminal is expected to cost $100 million and will be able to accommodate two ships of 5,000 passengers. Both MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean are also renovating terminal space in Miami.
Speaking of cruising, our popular cruise experience from Galveston on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas on September 10-18 is winding down to the current best deals of the year. Our group inventories will disappear on May 12, then the cruise line will get the unsold space and mark it up, not down. Many cruise ships have gone to the pricing model of giving the greater discounts to the groups and encouraging early booking, because within 75-90 days, they are not reducing the rates just to fill the rooms......like they have in years past. So, if a person wants a quality vacation for a very little financial exposure, book before Friday. Rates start as low as $649 a person for an inside room, so give the experienced travel agents at The Travel Factory a call and we'll get you on a trip you'll be talking about til next year when you sign up again!!! We are at 698-1421 or 800-760-4040.
You can see the flyer on our website: Just complete the registration form and bring it in with your payment. Don't miss out on this fantastic, fun-filled, and exciting cruise experience!!