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 May 2011. To see more topics and data, please visit CruiseCompete’s Press Room or click on May 2011 CruiseTrends
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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: Oceania (over Cunard Cruises last month)
3. River Cruises: Viking River Cruises

In second place are Royal Caribbean International for premium/contemporary, Cunard 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: Caribbean Princess (replacing Oasis of the Seas)
2. Luxury: Queen Mary 2
3. River: SS Antoinette (overtaking Viking Helvetia from last month)

Next in popularity are Carnival Paradise for premium/contemporary, Oceania Marina for luxury, and the MS AmaCello 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: Mediterranean (over Europe last month)
3. River: Europe
Next in popularity are North America for premium/contemporary, Europe 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
3. River: Amsterdam
Next in popularity are Miami for premium/contemporary, Southampton for luxury, and Budapest 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
Next in popularity are Cozumel for premium/contemporary, Dubrovnik for luxury, and Rudesheim 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, Turkey for luxury, and France for river cruises.

Most Popular Cabin Types
(Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each cabin type)

4. Premium/Contemporary: Inside Cabin
5. Luxury: Balcony Cabin
6. River: Outside Cabin

Hottest Months for Cruising
(Ranked by the most requested months)

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

Other interesting data available at the May 2011 CruiseTrends™ report.
• Number of cabins requested
• Most popular cruise itinerary lengths
• Travel insurance requested
• Cruise line past passenger status requested
• Booking window of time