Alaska goes from fifth to first as most popular domestic cruise
March 20, 2018 3:00 AM
by Robert Mann
Alaska cruises, in fifth position last year, are now the most booked domestic vacation for 2018, according to Travel Leaders Group’s 2018 Travel Trends Survey. Orlando dropped to second place followed by Las Vegas, Maui and New York City.
The survey is based on actual booking data and was conducted over two months from Dec. 20, 2017 to Feb. 19, 2018, with responses from 1,355 North American-based travel agency professionals.
The website maritime-executive.com reports, Alaska cruises have placed within the top 10 domestic trips booked by Travel Leaders Group travel advisors over the last several years. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), member lines sent 33 ships on 497 voyages carrying a total of 1,089,700 passengers to Alaska in 2017. The projections for 2018 are 34 CLIA Alaska ships, 519 voyages and 1,165,500 passengers. Projected 2019 figures are 37 CLIA Alaska ships, 567 voyages and 1,310,000 passengers.
“Alaska is an exotic destination for many travelers. There aren’t many places where cruise passengers get to experience the mountains, glaciers, wildlife, culture and such hospitable hosts who welcome and eagerly share what they love most about our state,” said CLIA Alaska President John Binkley,
Internationally, Caribbean cruises and Cancun, Mexico, respectively, maintained the top two cruise spots, while European river cruises edged up one place to third. Mediterranean cruises and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, were fourth and fifth, respectively, according to maritime-executive.com.