Cruising bookings surge as confidence returns

It's been a long time coming but consumer confidence in cruising is returning, with pent-up demand for cruises generating strong bookings over the last two months.

Silversea's 315 voyages across its 2022-23 season are the company's most extensive ever, with demand from returning and new customers. And when Oceania Cruises' 180-day world voyage went on sale on January 27, it sold out in a single day, with more than a third of bookings coming from new customers.

"The response to our epic 2023 around-the-world voyage clearly illustrates the enthusiasm experienced travellers have for immersive and memorable travel experiences," says Bob Binder, CEO of Oceania Cruises. "Despite the challenges the world faces today, travellers are clearly bullish on the future and are embracing these new opportunities to travel the world and create lifelong memories."

In the last few weeks, Viking Cruises also saw a 25 per cent surge in bookings on its Nile River cruises after it was announced that new ship Viking Aton would be sailing from September, 2022.

And Egypt is not the only destination piquing the interest of re-enthused travellers.

"Demand for cruising is very strong," says Michelle Black, Viking ANZ managing director. "We are now seeing a positive uplift in bookings for 2022 and 2023 across our river, ocean and expedition portfolios."

Good news for anyone hoping to cruise into better times.