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May 2012 CruiseTrends™ Report



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

DETROIT (May 2, 2012) – CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends™ and Cruise Index™ reports for the month of April 2012. This report is sponsored by ©EyeforTravel Ltd.

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

The CruiseCompete Cruise Index™ for May 2012 was 144, remaining the same as April 2012, with an increase of  5 points over May of 2011. Regional pricing indices remained stable or saw an increase in all regions, except the Bahamas and the Caribbean, from April 2012.

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 Cruises 
3. River Cruises: Viking River Cruises

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

Most Popular Cruise Ships 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each ship)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Dream (Changed from Oasis of the Seas last month) 
2. Luxury: Queen Mary 2 
3. River: American Queen-Great American Steamboat Company

Next in popularity are the Carnival Conquest for premium/contemporary, Oceania Riviera for luxury, and the Viking Emerald for river. More…

Most Popular Cruise Regions 
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each region)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Caribbean
2. Luxury: Mediterranean (Changed from Europe last month) 
3. River: Europe

Next in popularity are North America for premium/contemporary, Europe for luxury, and North America 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: Istanbul, Turkey 
3. River: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Next in popularity are Miami, FL for premium/contemporary, Civitavecchia, Italy 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: Nassau, Bahamas 
2. Luxury: Kusadasi, Turkey 
3. River: Vienna, Austria

Next in popularity are Cozumel, Mexico for premium/contemporary, Dubrovnik, Croatia 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)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Inside Cabin 
2. Luxury: Balcony Cabin 
3. River: Balcony


Hottest Months for Cruising 
(Based on the most requested months)

1. Premium/Contemporary: June 2012 (Changed from April 2012 last month)
2. Luxury: August 2012 
3. River: September 2012 (Replacing July 2012 last month)


Other data available at the May 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:

For purposes of the CruiseTrends™ report, cruise lines recognized as premium or contemporary are grouped together as premium/contemporary. The CruiseCompete CruiseTrends™ report is sponsored by EyeForTravel Ltd.

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About CruiseCompete, Where Travel Agents Compete to Offer Consumers the Best Cruise Deals:

Since 2003, over 700 travel agencies and 2,700 cruise experts have provided 9 million quotes in response to more than 2 million consumer cruise quote requests.

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."

For more information, please visit or CruiseCompete is an Iowa limited liability company and
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