Published on : Thursday, March 15, 2018
Alaska cruises has jumped to the highest spot from the fifth position from last year’s position and becomes the most booked domestic vacations for 2018. Orlando dropped to second place followed by Las Vegas, Maui and New York City.
Alaska cruises have been among the top 10 domestic trips booked by Travel Leaders Group travel advisors over the last several years.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association, member lines sent 33 ships on 497 voyages carrying a total of 1,089,700 passengers to Alaska in 2017.
The projections for 2018 are 34 CLIA Alaska ships, 519 voyages and 1,165,500 passengers. The projected 2019 figures are 37 CLIA Alaska ships, 567 voyages and 1,310,000 passengers.
John Binkley, president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, expects that the Alaska cruise industry will see unparalleled growth over the next two years, as it ranks very high in guest satisfaction.
The Caribbean cruises and Cancun, Mexico, respectively, maintained the top two spots, while European river cruises edged up one place to third.
The Mediterranean cruises and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Top “up and coming” destinations include Iceland, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam and Croatia.