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Regal Princess Takes Top Honors as Most Popular Premium Cruise Ship 6 Months Running

DETROIT (February 3, 2016) – CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends™  report for the month of February 2016. This report is sponsored by © EyeforTravel Ltd.

We have mined our wealth of data to provide information on the most popular cruise trends among consumers, including the top ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising.

The CruiseTrends™ report for February 2016 is detailed below. To see more topics and data, please visit CruiseCompete’s pressroom or click here to see the entire February 2016 report.

Most Popular Cruise Lines 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Cruise Lines
2. Luxury: Oceania Cruises
3. River: Viking River Cruises

In second place is Royal Caribbean International for premium/contemporary, Cunard for luxury and American Cruise Lines for river. More…

Most Popular Cruise Ships 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each ship)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Regal Princess
2. Luxury: Oceania Riviera
3. River: Emerald Waterways Ships

Next in popularity are Oasis of the Seas for premium/contemporary, Crystal Serenity for luxury and Scenic Cruises Europe for river.  More…

Most Popular Cruise Regions 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each region)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Caribbean
2. Luxury: Europe
3. River: Europe

Next in popularity are North America for premium/contemporary, Mediterranean for luxury and North America for river. More…

Next in popularity are Miami, Fla. for premium/contemporary, Barcelona, Spain for luxury and Budapest, Hungary for river.  More…

Most Popular Cruise Ports Visited 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each port visited during cruise itineraries, excluding departure ports)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Cozumel, Mexico
2. Luxury: Gustavia, St. Bart’s
3. River: Vienna, Austria

Next in popularity are Nassau, Bahamas for premium/contemporary, Bora Bora, French Polynesia for luxury and Cologne, Germany for river. More…

Most Popular Countries Visited 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each country visited during cruise itineraries, excluding countries of departure)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Mexico
2. Luxury: United States
3. River: Germany

Second are Bahamas for premium/contemporary, Greece for luxury and Austria for river.  More…

Most Popular Cabin Types 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cabin type)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Inside
2. Luxury: Balcony
3. River: Balcony
More…

Number of Cabins Requested 
(Based on most popular number of cabins per request)
1. Premium/Contemporary: 1
2. Luxury: 1
3. River: 1

Second are 2 cabins for premium/contemporary, 2 cabins for luxury and 2 cabins for river.  More…

Most Popular Cruise Itinerary Lengths 
(Based on most requested itinerary lengths)
1. Premium/Contemporary: 7 nights
2. Luxury: 7 nights
3. River: 8 nights

Second are 5 nights for premium/contemporary, 10 nights for luxury and 7 nights for river.
More…

Most Popular Sailing Months Requested 
(Based on the most requested months)
1. Premium/Contemporary: March 2016
2. Luxury: July 2016
3. River: June 2016
More…

This cruise trend information is available monthly from CruiseCompete and can be insightful, especially for financial analysts and travel writers. To see 12-months’ of cruise trend data, please click here: http://www.cruisecompete.com/cruise_trends.php.

AFRICA EXPEDITION CRUISES


It is time to discover the remarkable cultures of Africa's Atlantic coast. With Africa cruises, discover the less-fisted western coast's rawness and innocence. It'is still utterly authentic. This is a travel destination not to be missed. 

When going ashore, groups are kept small so explorations can be more in-depth, more unforgettable. During your Africa expedition, spot rare birds, colourful butterflies and wild monkeys on a intimate jungle trek, and enjoy a personal introduction to a variety of fascinating indigenous cultures. 

An Africa cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will leave you amazed at the continent's beauty. On African cruises, passengers can visit the wine country of South Africa, or watch the sun sink over the plains of Kenya after a day on safari. Cruise Africa and stroll the exquisite, unspoiled beaches of the Seychelles, or experience the colonial French atmosphere of Nosy Be, Madagascar.
  • The African cruise season lasts from September to May.
  • Africa cruises are typically 12 to 24 nights.
  • Pre- or post-cruise safari packages are very popular, allowing Africa cruise passengers to spend a few days exploring the incredible wildlife habitats of Kenya, South Africa or Tanzania.
  • To cruise Africa, you'll need to fly a long distance to reach your port of departure, so we suggest that you arrive at the port city at least one or two days in advance. A pre-cruise hotel package will give you time to rest and get oriented before your African cruise.

Cruising to Africa

Popular African cruise itineraries include the Mediterranean in North Africa; the East African coast with stop-offs in Mombassa and Zanzibar; Indian Ocean itineraries which sail to Madagascar and The Seychelles; and Southern Africa with stops inNamibia and South Africa.

Excursions include visits to North African bazaars, imperial cities like Marrakech, and the great Egyptian sights and Roman ruins in Libya. If you stop in Mombassa, you'll be offered various safari tours andCrystal Cruises is even offering a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro as an onshore excursion.

Cruise Liners that Offer African Itineraries:
 

  • Starlight Cruises is based in South Africa and offers cruise itineraries for the South African coast line and beyond.
  • Crystal Cruises: Offer voyages to the African Mediterranean, South Africa and Kenya.
  • Silversea Cruises: Offers cruises to Northern Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.
    Travel Dynamics International: Offers small-ship cruising to West Africa including trips up the River Gambia and a land tour to Djenne and Timbuktu. They also offer South African and North African itineraries as well as a grand voyage from the Cape of Good Hope to Gibraltar.
  • Oceania Cruises: Offer some North African destinations as part of their Mediterranean cruise itineraries.
  • Cunard: Sails from the UK to the Mediterranean and often includes stops in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco.
  • Freighter Cruises to Africa
Freighters also carry passengers to Africa, often in luxurious cabins and you don't have to share the ship with hundreds of others. Prices usually run about $125 per day per passenger (plus dues and taxes).
  • Grimaldi Freighter-cruises: Offer some very nice West African itineraries.
    Hamburg Sud: Offers roundtrip freight cruises from Europe to South Africa and a roundtrip from Europe to Mauritius and Madagascar.
  • St Helena: The last official Royal Mail ship sails a regular route to St Helena and stops in Namibia and South Africa.
7 Reasons to Book a Family Holiday Cruise Now, Before They Sell Out

Sophisticated Cruise Specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations Provide Exclusive Offers, Exceptional Value & Unparalleled Service

Princeton, N.J. (Sept. 18, 2014) –Cruise vacations offer holiday sailings plus kid-specific programs, all within the inescapable confines of the cruise ship, allowing families to enjoy the holidays in a relaxed and fun freedom, says Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding.

Here are 7 reasons to consider a family holiday cruise this year:

1.  Truly festive atmosphere – After Thanksgiving, the cruise lines get in the holiday spirit by decorating their ships from bow to stern. Some cruise lines spend in excess of $100,000 annually on holiday decorations. Christmas trees, lights, garlands and even artificial snow bring the festive season alive at sea. Hanukkah customs and celebrations also are observed. Religious services of all types are often held aboard.
 
2.  Special guests – Christmas-time cruises would not be complete without guest appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf friends. They make appearances on many ships during the holiday season in the spirit of fun and relaxation leading up to Christmas Day. As expected, Santa's bag of goodies is full for the kids on board.
 
3.  New Year's fun – Ringing in the New Year is a splash aboard a cruise ship. Elaborate parties take place at sea for people of all ages and tastes. Special food, entertainment, toasts, party favors and more make the night memorable. For sports fans, many of the cruise lines offer special all-day tailgate parties to watch New Year's Day football.
 
4.  True relaxation – Leave the hustle and bustle (and accompanying stress) of the holidays behind and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere with the family on a cruise vacation. There is no better way to spend an afternoon in December than lying poolside while sailing across the ocean, or snorkeling through a secluded reef on a cruise line private island.
 
5.  Unique gifts – A cruise vacation is one holiday gift that will be truly appreciated. Plus, there is interesting shopping onboard the ship (The Jackie Kennedy Jewelry Collection on board the Golden Princess is quite reasonable and very beautiful) and in various ports. Special shipping arrangements can be made to get the gifts home. If Santa is going to visit the kids, the cruise lines recommend small token gifts that are easy to hide and transport. Leave big gifts at home to open before or after the trip and remember not to wrap presents before you stow them in your luggage, as they may need to be opened for security reasons.
 
6.  No snow –- A holiday cruise is ideal for people looking for a change of scenery as colder weather moves in at home. With Caribbean temperatures in the low 80s during this time of year, the closest you’ll come to cold weather on a cruise ship is the air conditioning. (Some ships do feature snow falling in the ship's atrium, but it is manmade and wonderfully designed to melt before hitting the floor.)
 
7.  Great food- Nobody goes hungry on a cruise vacation, especially during the holidays. A variety of eats are available 24/7. Cruise menus fit the season, with world-class chefs preparing traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, plus special kosher foods during Hanukkah. There are no shortages of gingerbread, cookies, pies and other deserts. Even better… you don’t do the cooking!
 

There are a number of outstanding sailings for families. The specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations offer these sailings as examples of cruises to choose from for a high-seas family holiday:

4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on the Royal Caribbean International Brilliance of the Seas sailing Nov. 27, 2014, or sailing Dec. 20, 2014: round-trip Tampa, Fla., with stops in Cozumel, Mexico; with two days at sea.

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas sailing Dec. 24, 2014: round-trip Tampa, Fla., with stops in George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; with two days at sea.

3-Night Bahamas Cruise on the Disney Dreamsailing Nov. 28, 2014: round trip Port Canaveral, Fla., with stops in Nassau, Bahamas; and private island Castaway Cay.

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Wondersailing Dec. 21, 2014; round trip Miami, Fla., with stops at Cozumel, Mexico; and Castaway Cay; with two days at sea.

Sophisticated cruise specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations provide exclusive offers, exceptional value & unparalleled service and can assist with experienced cruise information and bookings for holiday cruises and all types of cruises. For more information and to book a cruise call 1-877-283-1114 toll-free USA/Canada, +1-609-945-9801 direct dial or visit http://www.crowncruisevacations.com/

Sophisticated cruise specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations provide exclusive offers, exceptional value & unparalleled service and can assist with any cruise information and booking.

Crown Cruise Vacations was named North America’s Leading Cruise Travel Agent 2013 by the prestigious World Travel Awards, which acknowledges excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Crown Cruise Vacations is the preferred provider of Artful Traveler’s PTV at Sea cruises, which enrich, inspire and entertain with informative programming presented by some of public broadcasting's most acclaimed personalities.

Based in Princeton, New Jersey, Crown Cruise Vacations specialists are comprised of a unique team of experienced, accredited travel agents and managers with a multitude of years selling leisure travel. For more information, please visit us at http://www.crowncruisevacations.com/.

Crown Cruise Vacations  877-283-1114 toll-free USA/Canada 

Aprés Cruise? Fly Helijet's..Super City Triangle
We just received a letter from a lady in Southern California, who is taking an Alaska cruise this summer. After reading our article on Helijet Airways in the Air Highway Journal and this web site, she is booking transportation for her group to Victoria following the cruise. From Vancouver, at a landing pad right next to the Cruiseship Centre, Helijet Airways whisks you to Victoria in less than half an hour, then to Seattle and back the same day. For bookings, phone (604) 273-4688, fax (604) 273-5301

Air Highways will provide any further information you may need on air connections from various hubs in the USA and Canada. Contact Air Highways Magazine's cruise advisers:airhwy@smartt.com

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