Top Ocean and River Cruise Destinations
In a recent survey of the actual booking data of more than 600 travel agents from all over the world, the results of the top 10 cruising destinations for 2014 has been released. And, because of the growing popularity of river cruising, a separate top 5 river cruise destinations list has also been released.
Top 10 Cruise Destinations
According to the report, the Caribbean continues to hold the top spot in cruise bookings for the year ahead, by a wide margin.
Thanks to its nearly year-round sunny weather and convenient access from the southern and eastern United States, the Caribbean drives the majority of all cruise bookings.
|Destination||Percentage of Passengers|
|1. Caribbean (includes Bahamas)||54.8%|
|2. European Deep Water Cruises (includes Mediterranean, Baltic, Scandinavia and Greek Isles)||10.4%|
|4. European Rivers||5.7%|
|6. Panama Canal||2.6%|
|8. Hawaiian Islands||2.1%|
|9. South Pacific (includes Australia/New Zealand)||1.8%|
|10. Canada/New England||1.2%|
The report shows that there is little change in the list of top 10 destinations year over year. However, it should be noted that this is the first time “European Rivers” have been broken out as their own category. Had it been a separate category, European Rivers would have ranked fifth last year, just behind Bermuda. This year, they edge out Bermuda as the fourth most popular cruise destination. In the Caribbean, Western Caribbean sailings are most popular, followed by Eastern Caribbean and Southern Caribbean, respectively.
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Top 5 River Cruise Destinations
|City, Country||% of River Cruise Bookings|
|1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands“Windmills & Tulips”|
Rhine (7-day), Dutch waterways (if roundtrip), some Mosel, Rhine/Main/Danube (14-day)
|2. Budapest, Hungary“Grand Tour”Danube (7-day), Rhine/Main/Danube (14-day)||16.8|
|3. Paris, France“Normandy”Seine (7-day), Rhone (8-10 day), Seine/Rhone (14-day)||9.7|
|4. Basel, Switzerland“Rhine River Valley”Rhine||8.5|
|5. Nuremberg, GermanyMain/Danube||5. 4|
While this report doesn’t purport to suggest where your next cruise should be, it is interesting to note where folks tend to be headed.
This I can say with certainty, there are a number of ocean and river cruises from this list that are on the Roaming Boomers bucket list, and we can’t wait to sail away.
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Report Source: Cruise Holidays