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.
Cruiseline.com 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