Demand is high for 2022 river cruises, lines say: Travel Weekly


Jeri clausing

As many travelers are expected to stay closer to home until the end of the year, those considering European and exotic river cruises for 2022 may want to plan ahead.

River cruises normally have fairly long booking windows. And these have only increased as travelers, many of whom try to reschedule canceled 2019 departures, continue to delay resuming their international travel until vaccination programs and other advances. against the pandemic are taking root.

According to CruiseCompete Cruise Trends data from 2020, the average number of days between the reservation date of river cruises and the departure date was 390. This is more than 100 days more than in 2019 and 2018, which had 255-day and 288-day reservation windows. , respectively.

Strong demand for 2022 has prompted many operators to open bookings earlier than usual. And companies say departures for the end of 2021 and through 2022 are starting to fill up.

“An interesting part of this time is that for many of our clients, their dreams are delayed but not canceled,” said Tauck President Dan Mahar.

At Avalon Waterways, managing director Pamela Hoffee says sales in 2022 are up 60% from a year ago, which was even before the pandemic.

This, she said, “leaves us very optimistic about the near future of small ship cruising.

“And although no cruise is completely sold out at this point, the Danube Cruises featuring the Oberammergau for 2022 are very close. To help us, as well as to offer our travelers, additional capacity for the request, we have added new Rhine Oberammergau cruises for 2022. And, of course, the tulip season and Christmas cruises are filling up fast. They are still extremely popular and have not changed. “

Like the Oberammergau cruises, Mahar has said he expects 2022 departures featuring Floriade to be full this year. Floriade is an international exhibition and garden festival, which takes place every 10 years in the Netherlands.

The Middle East and Egypt are also popular destinations for 2022, including Nile cruise packages, operators say. Avalon and AmaWaterways plan to return to the Nile this year.


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