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CruiseCompete Releases January 2012 CruiseTrends™ Report and 2012 Cruise Index™


Six Interesting NEW Trends Reflected From CruiseCompete Consumers

DETROIT (Jan 5, 2011) –CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends™ and Cruise Index™ reports for the month of January 2012.

The CruiseTrends™ report for January 2012 is detailed below. To see more topics and data, please visit CruiseCompete’s Press Room or click here to see the entire January 2012 report.

In addition, based on consumer feedback, CruiseCompete is seeing six (6) other interesting trends. They include affluent travelers making a spending comeback, an increased choice in dining options, more green cruise travel choices, cruise pricing climbing, and the resurgence of an American River Cruise Line, the Great American Steamboat Company. (Click here for full details on 2012’s Hottest Cruise Trends.)

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

The CruiseCompete Cruise Index™ for January was 142, a 4.1% decrease from December 2011, but up 2 points compared to December 2010. All regional indices saw a decrease from December except for Mexico, which remained consistent.

The CruiseCompete Cruise Index ™ is calculated based on the average daily per-passenger (double occupancy) cost for the lowest-priced oceanview cabin category on a seven-night cruise on the six largest North American cruise lines. See details and indices by region and Monthly Historical Cruise Prices.

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 Line 
2. Luxury: Oceania (replacing Cunard last month)
3. River Cruises: Viking River Cruises

In second place is Royal Caribbean International for premium/contemporary, Cunard for luxury and AmaWaterways Waterways for river cruises. More…

Most Popular Cruise Ships 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each ship) 
1. Premium/Contemporary: Ruby Princess 
2. Luxury: Queen Mary 2 
3. River: American Queen, Great American Steamboat Company

Next in popularity are the Norwegian Gem for premium/contemporary, Oceania Marina for luxury, and the MS La Marguerite, AMA WATERWAYS 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 Asia/Far East for river cruises. More…

Most Popular Cruise Departure Ports 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each departure port)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Fort Lauderdale, FL
2. Luxury: Fort Lauderdale, FL (changed from New York, NY last month) 
3. River: Budapest, Hungary (changed from Amsterdam, Netherlands last month)

Next in popularity are Miami, FL for premium/contemporary, Southampton, UK for luxury, and Amsterdam, Netherlands 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: Nassau, Bahamas (replacing Cozumel, Mexico from last month)
2. Luxury: Corfu, Greece (replacing Kusadasi, Turkey from last month)
3. River: Vienna, Austria (replacing Cologne, Germany from last month)

Next in popularity are Cozumel, Mexico for premium/contemporary, Kusadasi, Turkey for luxury, and Regensburg, Germany for river cruises. 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: Bahamas
2. Luxury: Greece 
3. River: Germany
Second are Mexico for premium/contemporary, Italy for luxury, and Austria for river cruises. More…

Most Popular Cabin Types 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cabin type) 
4. Premium/Contemporary: Inside Cabin 
5. Luxury: Balcony Cabin 
6. River: Balcony Cabin


Hottest Months for Cruising 
(Based on the most requested months) 
1. Premium/Contemporary: March 2012 (replacing December 2011 last month)
2. Luxury: January 2012 (replacing December 2011 last month)
3. River: April 2012 (replacing September 2012 last month)


Other data available at the January 2012 CruiseTrends™ report.
• Number of cabins requested
• Most popular cruise itinerary lengths
• Travel insurance requested
• Cruise line past passenger status requested
• Booking window of time

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:


About CruiseCompete:

CruiseCompete continues to garner the highest praise from the media for its revolutionary premise that free-market competition provides the best pricing options for consumers.

The New York Times says "… independent travel agents compete to offer you the best deal," and follows similar praise from Kiplinger’s, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. The Street says "Score Luxury Cruises at Bargain Prices."

Since 2003, over 1,700 cruise experts have provided more than 8.5 million quotes in response to over 2 million consumer quote requests.

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