Australian Cruise Market Booms: Grew By A Third In 2011 – Other Cruise News: P&O Cruises’ New Fares, Cancellation Penalties & Final Payment Date – Will Venice Ban Larger Cruise Ships?
23/07/2012 Leave a comment
THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com
by Kevin Griffin
The Cruise Examiner for 23rd July 2012
For the second year in a row, Australia has set another record, with 623,295 of its nationals and residents booking a cruise in 2011, a growth of one-third in a year and a tripling of the number taking a cruise over five years. We have the latest look at that market, which is now beginning to attract members of the largest classes of ship, including Voyager of the Seas and the Celebrity Solstice. In the UK, we look at P&O Cruises new “Vantage Fares” and “Getwaway Fares” and find that the idea originates with Carnival Cruise Lines in America. But in doing so, we also notice that, quietly last year, P&O increased its deposit requirement (and therefore penalties paid on cancelled cruises) by 50% as well as extending its final payment date from 56 days to 90. Finally, we look at the debate in Venice about whether large cruise ships should be allowed to sail past St Mark’s Square.