CruiseCompete has mined its wealth of cruise data to report the latest trends in consumer behavior and purchase decisions for cruise vacations. This valuable information and statistics are available in its CruiseTrends report.

CruiseTrends reports are compiled based on actual consumer quote requests on CruiseCompete, the highly acclaimed website where travel agents compete to offer the best deal for consumer cruise business.

The following comprises a sampling of trends for April 2011. To see more topics and data, please visit CruiseCompete’s Press Room or click on April 2011 CruiseTrends.

For purposes of the CruiseTrends report, cruise lines recognized as premium or contemporary are grouped together as premium/contemporary.

Most Popular Cruise Lines

(Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each particular line in the given month)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Cruise Line
2. Luxury: Cunard (over Oceania Cruises last month)
3. River Cruises: Viking River Cruises

In second place are Royal Caribbean International for premium/contemporary, Oceania Cruises for luxury and Uniworld for river cruises.

Most Popular Cruise Ships
(Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each ship)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Oasis of the Seas (replacing Allure of the Seas last month)
2. Luxury: Queen Mary 2
3. River: Viking Helvetia (overtaking MS AmaDolce from last month)

Next in popularity are Allure of the Seas for premium/contemporary, Oceania Regatta for luxury, and the SS Antoinette for river. (All are different ships from last month)

Most Popular Cruise Regions

(Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each region)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Caribbean
2. Luxury: Europe (over Mediterranean last month)
3. River: Europe
Next in popularity are North America for premium/contemporary, Mediterranean for luxury, and Russia/Central Asia for river cruises.

Most Popular Cruise Departure Ports
(Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each departure port)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Fort Lauderdale
2. Luxury: New York (over Civitavecchia- Rome last month)
3. River: Amsterdam
Next in popularity are Miami for premium/contemporary, Southampton for luxury, and Prague for river cruises.

Most Popular Cruise Ports Visited
(Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each port visited during cruise itineraries, excluding departure ports)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Nassau
2. Luxury: Kusadasi (Turkey)
3. River: Cologne (over Vienna from last month)
Next in popularity are Cozumel for premium/contemporary, Santorini (Greece) for luxury, and Vienna for river cruises.

Most Popular Countries Visited
(Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each country visited during cruise itineraries, excluding countries of departure)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Bahamas
2. Luxury: Greece
3. River: Germany
Second are Mexico for premium/contemporary, United States for luxury, and France for river cruises.


Hottest Months for Cruising

(Ranked by the most requested months)

1. Premium/Contemporary: May 2011
2. Luxury: August 2011 (changed from June 2011 last month)
3. River: July 2011 (changed from October 2011 last month)