Cruise Trends ~ A Snapshot of What Was Popular in 2019

Each year I publish CruiseCompete’s annual CruiseTrends™. It’s a great snapshot of what was popular in the cruise industry in the previous year. We hope you enjoy.

CruiseTrends™ reports are compiled based on actual consumer quote requests and transactions taking place via CruiseCompete.com, the premier online cruise marketplace since 2003. Consumers request an average of more than 25,000 cruise quotes per month via CruiseCompete.

Most Popular Cruise Lines

Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each particular line in 2019

Premium
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Princess Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Costa Cruise Lines
  • Princess Cruise Tours
Luxury
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Cunard Line
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Seabourn
  • Viking Ocean Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises
  • PONANT
River
  • American Cruise Lines
  • Viking River Cruises
  • AmaWaterways
  • American Queen Steamboat Company
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • Scenic
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Riviera River Cruises
  • Amadeus River Cruises

Most Popular Cruise Ships

Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each ship.

Premium
  • Harmony of the Seas
  • Symphony of the Seas
  • Allure of the Seas
  • Norwegian Escape
  • Anthem of the Seas
  • Oasis of the Seas
  • Celebrity Equinox
  • Norwegian Breakaway
  • Norwegian Bliss
  • Regal Princess
Luxury
  • Queen Mary 2
  • Crystal Symphony
  • Oceania Riviera
  • Oceania Insignia
  • Oceania Sirena
  • Azamara Journey
  • Oceania Marina
  • Azamara Pursuit
  • Azamara Quest
  • Crystal Serenity
River
  • Queen of the Mississippi
  • America
  • American Duchess
  • American Harmony
  • American Queen
  • Emerald Waterways Ships
  • Queen of the West
  • American Countess
  • American Empress
  • AmaMagna

Most Popular Cruise Regions

Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each region.
Premium
  • Caribbean
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Central America
  • Mediterranean
  • South America
  • South Pacific/Australia/New Zealand
  • Scandinavia
  • Asia/Far East
  • Russia/Central Asia

Luxury

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Mediterranean
  • Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia/Far East
  • South Pacific/Australia/New Zealand
  • Scandinavia
  • Africa
  • Central America
River
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Mediterranean
  • Asia/Far East
  • Russia/Central Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • South America
  • Scandinavia

Most Popular Cruise Departure Ports

Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each departure port.
Premium
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami
  • Port Canaveral
  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Galveston
  • Cape Liberty
  • Seattle
  • Vancouver
  • Civitavecchia
Luxury
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Southampton
  • Barcelona
  • Venice
  • Piraeus
  • Vancouver
  • Civitavecchia
  • Lisbon
  • San Juan
River
  • Budapest
  • Amsterdam
  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Basel
  • Paris
  • St Louis
  • Nuremberg
  • Portland
  • Clarkston

Most Popular Cruise Ports Visited

Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each port visited during cruise itineraries. (Excludes
departure ports).
Premium
  • Cozumel
  • Nassau
  • Cococay
  • Costa Maya
  • San Juan
  • Philipsburg
  • Juneau
  • Roatan Island
  • Ketchikan
  • St Thomas
Luxury
  • Gustavia
  • Castries
  • Cartagena
  • Kotor
  • Halifax
  • Ketchikan
  • Sorrento
  • Santorini
  • Sitka
  • Livorno
River
  • Vienna
  • Cologne
  • Natchez
  • Passau
  • Baton Rouge
  • Strasbourg
  • Vicksburg
  • Koblenz
  • Breisach
  • Bratislava

Most Popular Countries Visited

Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each country visited during cruise itineraries.
(Excludes countries of departure).
Premium
  • Bahamas
  • Mexico
  • United States
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Virgin Islands (US)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Honduras
  • Canada
  • Jamaica
Luxury
  • United States
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Mexico
  • Australia
River
  • Germany
  • United States
  • France
  • Austria
  • Slovak Republic / Slovakia
  • Netherlands
  • Hungary
  • Serbia
  • Bulgaria
  • Switzerland

Most Popular Cabin Types

Ranked by the total number of quote requests for each cabin type.
Premium
  • Balcony
  • Inside
  • Outside
  • JR Suite
  • Suite
Luxury
  • Balcony
  • Outside
  • Inside
  • JR Suite
  • Suite
River
  • Balcony
  • Outside
  • Inside
  • JR Suite
  • Suite

Number of Cabins Requested

Most popular numbers of cabins per request.
Premium
  • 1 Cabin
  • 2 Cabins
  • 3 Cabins
  • 4 Cabins
  • 5 Cabins
  • 6 Cabins
  • 8 Cabins
  • 7 Cabins
  • 10 Cabins
  • 9 Cabins
Luxury
  • 1 Cabin
  • 2 Cabins
  • 3 Cabins
  • 4 Cabins
  • 5 Cabins
  • 6 Cabins
  • 8 Cabins
  • 12 Cabins
  • 15 Cabins
  • 10 Cabins
River
  • 1 Cabin
  • 2 Cabins
  • 3 Cabins
  • 4 Cabins
  • 5 Cabins
  • 6 Cabins
  • 10 Cabins
  • 12 Cabins
  • 20 Cabins
  • 7 Cabins

Most Popular Cruise Itinerary Lengths

Most requested itinerary lengths.
Premium
  • 7 Nights
  • 5 Nights
  • 4 Nights
  • 10 Nights
  • 14 Nights
  • 8 Nights
  • 3 Nights
  • 11 Nights
  • 12 Nights
  • 9 Nights
Luxury
  • 7 Nights
  • 14 Nights
  • 10 Nights
  • 12 Nights
  • 11 Nights
  • 16 Nights
  • 15 Nights
  • 9 Nights
  • 8 Nights
  • 18 Nights
River
  • 7 Nights
  • 10 Nights
  • 8 Nights
  • 14 Nights
  • 9 Nights
  • 11 Nights
  • 12 Nights
  • 4 Nights
  • 13 Nights
  • 15 Nights

Most Popular Sailing Months Requested

Most requested months for consumer travel.
Premium
  • December 2019
  • August 2019
  • November 2019
  • January 2020
  • June 2019
  • July 2019
  • October 2019
  • March 2020
  • September 2019
  • February 2020
Luxury
  • December 2019
  • November 2019
  • January 2020
  • October 2019
  • July 2019
  • August 2019
  • February 2020
  • September 2019
  • May 2020
  • April 2020
River
  • September 2019
  • October 2019
  • August 2019
  • July 2019
  • May 2020
  • April 2020
  • September 2020
  • June 2020
  • December 2019
  • June 2019

Requested Travel Insurance

Percentage of consumers indicating they would like to purchase travel insurance.
Premium
No 83%
Yes 17%
Luxury
No 79%
Yes 21%
River
No 70%
Yes 30%

Past Passenger on Line Requested

The percentage of consumers indicating past-passenger status on the cruise line they are requesting.

Premium
No 40%
Yes 60%

Luxury
No 61%
Yes 39%
River
No 90%
Yes 10%

Booking Window

The average number of days between the date the cruise was booked and the date it sails.

Premium
184
Luxury
263
River
255

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