Bookings Increase 600% for Carnival Cruise Line August Trips
You might be thinking that the headline for this article is wrong – especially while we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. However, that information is right – and its strangely amazing!
The pent-up demand for cruising, despite the horrible news seen earlier in the year with COVID-19 spreading amongst fellow cruise passengers and crew is feeding the surge in new bookings.
Most of the main consumer based cruise lines are seeing surges in bookings, partly due to existing future cruise credits which must be used, and partly because, what we as travel advisors with Cruise Planners, believe that people are looking beyond the pandemic and seeking solstice in a vacation once we’re on “the other side of this.”
Carnival announced about a week ago that a select number of cruises would resume in August. Cruise Planners says that overall, the current bookings increased 600% versus the previous three days before the announcement by Carnival.
Christine Korkin, owner of a Cruise Planners franchise said, “Overall we’ve gone from zero inquiries for the last several weeks, to tens of inquiries in the last couple of days – an overnight change.”
Who is placing these bookings you must be asking? The overall demographic is certainly a younger and healthier crowd – those who are less likely to be concerned with traveling. Korkin continued, “we’re seeing young families and new to cruising inquiries primarily, along with those looking for the next great deal.”
Carnival Cruises are currently booking as low as $40 a night, may also be contributing to the higher number of bookings.
While the cruise industry is still under a global no-sail order, it does seem to be moving forward with restarting and what we’re hoping for a successful, safe and healthy return to service!
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