Cruise news: Wave seasons has a strong start despite major firm collapsing
All Leisure Group’s two specialist cruise lines – Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery – collapsed last week.
However, this has not had a big impact on cruise sales as expected.
Chief executive of cruise.co.uk, Sean Conlon, confirmed to TTG that the cruise market is in fact “very strong”.
He said: “We were substantially up during December with more than double-digit growth and we’re seeing that continue into the first few days of January.”
Cruise news: January is the peak time for cruise bookings
We’ve not been particularly affected by All Leisure as they were very minor for us and a lot of their business was direct
Sean added: “We’ve not been particularly affected by All Leisure as they were very minor for us and a lot of their business was direct.
“At the moment, we are seeing a lot of interest in traditional cruise lines, such as P&O, which appeals to the older age groups.
“The dominant area for bookings os the Med.
“Experienced cruisers book early in January because they know what they want.
Cruise news: Traditional cruise lines such as P&O are popular
“The new-to-cruisers tend to shop around and look at land-based holidays – they like to research prices and usually book towards the middle and end of January.”
Director of Cruise Club International, Graham Dullop, told TTG that the phones were going “berserk” for bookings, especially with the firm also having to rebook some All Leisure clients on to new cruises.
He said: “I’m very impressed by how sturdy the cruise market is – we’ve not been affected by the collapse of this company.
“We had a very good beginning and middle of December, as well. January and February is still the peak booking period for cruise.”
Cruise news: According to Sean, experienced cruises book in early in January
Graham went on to add: “Summer Med is doing well – both for fly-cruises and cruising from the UK.
“The northern ports, such as Scandinavia, Russia, Norway and Iceland, and river cruising are also selling well.”
The story comes after five cruise lines got the green light to sail to Cuba this year.
One of the most anticipated holiday destinations for next year, the Caribbean island has just become even more accessible.