Fall cruise bookings stable in Med, up 423% in North America

Middle East also top performer, up 104%

04 September, 15:20

    (ANSA) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 4 - Bookings for cruises in September, October, and November show the Mediterranean remains a reliable destination, with an enormous jump in cruises in North America, up 423%, along with a 104% rise in Middle Eastern itineraries, said Ticketcrociere Observatory.

    It said the Mediterranean area continues to see steady growth, with a 2% rise on the same period in 2018, and ocean cruises are up 7%.

    It said the rise in North American and Middle Eastern cruises is attributable in part to new ships and new itineraries covering these areas.

    The island of Cuba has seen a decisive drop in bookings, down 74%, due partly to the Trump administration's ban on organised travel between the US and the island.

    Asia bookings are down 61% and bookings on Canary Island cruises are down 20%.

    Ticketcrociere CEO Nicola Lorusso said new itineraries are attracting repeat cruise guests.

    "Alaska is leading the way on cruises on the other side of the ocean, while the Middle East is attractive to those who are still looking for summer heat," Lorusso said.

    Ticketcrociere is the Italian brand of Taoticket S.r.l., an online travel agency specialised in cruises.

    It registered nearly 20,000 bookings in 2018, with business totaling about 16 million euros.

    The company foresees growth of 22% in 2019, with business that could reach 20 million euros.(ANSAmed).

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