Cruise Ship Travel Rebounding as Travellers Book Trips

Chasing the Viking Octantis onboard the Superior Rocket

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – Viking Cruises on the Great Lakes is proving that people are back to cruising. Trips from Thunder Bay to Milwalkee Wisconsin are sold out for the most part.

After the long COVID-19 break it appears cruising is back. and Shipmate released the findings of their 2022 Member Survey. These results come just on the heels of the first anniversary of the return of cruising from the United States. Questions in this survey centre on participants’ cruise history, intent to cruise within the next year, and preferred travel booking preferences.

This survey presented a unique data set as we look ahead at cruising next year, with most major lines having all the vessels in their fleet back at sea. In addition, it provides insight into consumer confidence in cruising at this pivotal time for the industry and traveler purchase and planning habits.

The majority of participants who took this survey were frequent cruisers, with 69% percent reporting they have previously been on at least seven or more sailings, 17% with four to six cruises, 8% have taken two to three cruises, and 3.5% had taken at least one cruise. Over 60% of all participants have reported previously cruising with Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean, over 40% have sailed with Norwegian Cruise Line, and over 30% with Princess Cruises. 89% of participants have cruised in the Caribbean region, with other previously-cruised destinations being Alaska, Pacific Coast (Mexico), and Europe.

Of the travellers participating in this survey, 91.4% reported they plan to take a cruise within the next year, 2.5% said they would not cruise in the next year, and 6.1% are currently undecided if they will cruise in the next year.

“The numbers from our survey clearly

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Overseas Adventure Travel Named to Travel + Leisure 2022 World’s Best Awards

O.A.T. is #2 Best Intimate-ship Ocean Cruise Line

BOSTON, July 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.), the leader in personalized small group and solo travel, today announced that it has been named #2 in the Best Intimate-ship Ocean Cruise Lines category in the Travel + Leisure 2022 World’s Best Awards.

Overseas Adventure Travel logo (PRNewsfoto/Grand Circle Corporation)

“Travelers are saying that their immersive experiences on O.A.T. Small Ships are special,” said CEO Brian FitzGerald.

“We are honored to be recognized by Travel + Leisure this year,” said Brian FitzGerald, Chief Executive Officer of O.A.T. “Our travelers are telling us that their personalized, immersive experiences on O.A.T. Small Ships are something special. We work hard to achieve excellence.”

According to Travel + Leisure, the Best Intimate-ship Ocean Cruise Lines category is a new classification designed to honor the smallest oceangoing vessels, recognizing ships with fewer than 150 cabins. “More nimble than their larger counterparts, these petite ships often take travelers to farther-flung and less-frequented ports, from tropical destinations to both poles,” states T+L.

Each year for its World’s Best Awards, Travel + Leisure surveys readers on their travel experiences around the globe. Readers share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Individual cruise ships are rated by readers on their cabins and facilities, food, service, itineraries and destinations, excursions and activities, and value.

O.A.T. provides travelers over 50 with impactful, intercultural experiences that help change people’s lives. O.A.T. fosters an intimate and accessible experience, with groups limited to 16 travelers (average of 13) by land and 25 (average of 22) by sea.

To learn more about O.A.T., visit or call 1-800-955-1925.


Established in 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.) is part of Boston-based Grand Circle Corporation’s family of travel companies,

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