The uncertainty created by changes in Cruise relaunch dates, and sailings are seeing booking curves move way beyond what would be expected on Ocean and River Cruise lines. The Cruise companies are opening their books further out than ever from the previous 210 days advance booking to almost 365 days.
The Volume of bookings for 2022 in encouraging Cruise lines to open their inventories for 2023 and even beyond.
Carnival Cruises believes that demand will exceed supply as initial supply will be limited.
Also Leisure Travel has been so pent up since the Pandemic that Cruising being pure leisure will surely see a huge demand.
Silversea Cruises World Cruise 2023 – 139-day voyage was fully sold out on the very day it opened bookings.
Silversea Cruises who joined The Luxury Line Club already populated by Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises; have all reported that their 2023 world cruises are sold out.
Crystal Cruises Interim CEO Jack Anderson said that “more bookings have pushed to 2022/2023 than we would have expected in a non-Covid World.”
Not only Cruise lines, tour operators and hotels are also opening the books much earlier than normal. Cruises are able to open booking further out than land itineraries, partly because air inventories are only available 331 days prior to the date of flight.
FITs in Europe normally opened bookings with a nine-month lead time, they are now looking at 15 to 18 months.
The pandemic seems to have turned the booking cycle upside down, with travel advisors booking international trips into 2022 and beyond, but for this spring and summer its more of domestic trips.