The hot destinations where Asians will cruise post-pandemic

Despite the global travel ban, Asian cruisers are still booking voyages beyond the local market, and trends reveal that the Mediterranean, Japan and Alaska are three hot cruising destinations. Costa Cruises said some of their clients are already booked for the 2021 season or are inquiring about future voyages. And popular itineraries include Japan cruises and fly-cruises from Asia visiting Mediterranean and Northern European ports. “Our Japan itineraries attract Asians as they visit numerous ports including Okinawa, Nagasaki, Fukuoka and Sasebo, with a combination of sightseeing attractions and shopping,” the line told Cruise & Travel Asia. “In the Mediterranean, our signature itineraries departing from Barcelona, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Savona are also popular. These call at ports like Marseilles, Palma and Cagliari, which are filled with history, culture, stunning landscapes and iconic tourist destinations.” Princess Cruises said they saw strong 2021 to 2022 booking volumes from groups booked through travel advisors. “There is enduring demand from our loyal supporters as well, which demonstrates that they cannot wait to go cruising again,” says the line. According to Princess, Asian guests remain enthusiastic for European and Caribbean fly-cruises, as well as cruises in Asia. As a bucket-list destination, Alaska continues to drive demand in booking volumes as well. “Princess Cruises has been sailing to Alaska for over 50 years, and our reputation as the number one cruise line there reiterates the confidence that travel advisors and guests have in us to give them an ultimate Alaskan cruise holiday,” the line says.

Royal Caribbean’s Managing Direct of Asia Pacific, Angie Stephen said cruisers in this region will book holidays that sail around Southeast Asia, much closer to their departure date. And it seems there is still an appetite for cruising. She said Quantum of the Seas sailings from Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas sailings from Shanghai remain crowd favourites among Asian cruisers, with 3-night, 4-night and 5-night itineraries capturing the most consumer interest. “In Asia, Royal Caribbean is well known for its first-at-sea features and innovative ships,” she adds. “The brand has continuously innovated to provide a range of game-changing options for our guests, all with the aim of making the cruise itself the highlight of their holidays.” Travel agency Dynasty Travel said their clients are cautiously waiting till they receive the "all clear" and without requiring quarantine upon arrival. But the company predicts that local river cruises will be back along with short-haul regional sailings. “Luxury river cruises along the Mekong river and in Thailand may be attractive to cruise lovers when demand returns, as there are less passengers on board,” said Dynasty Travel’s Alicia Seah. “There will be more "quality" travel compared to quantity, with consumers choosing less crowded cruise holidays.” She adds that bigger cruise ships will probably start with 3-day 2-night regional cruises to nowhere, where there is no need to stop over in ports of call. Asian premium line Genting Cruise Lines were first to the party in Asia and announced plans to resume operations in either July or August, starting with ‘Holiday at Sea’ itineraries to nowhere. The line plans to market the ship itself as a destination, filled with on-board activities, performances and attractions. “Moving forward, consumers will have more choices and greater convenience in travelling with more governments exploring partnerships,” said Mr. Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises and Head of International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines. “For instance, China is exploring expanding its “Travel Bubble” to cover Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea. We hope this can be similarly explored by local governments within various parts of the ASEAN region.”

The hot destinations where Asians will cruise post-pandemic

Despite the global travel ban, Asian cruisers are still booking voyages beyond the local market, and trends reveal that the Mediterranean, Japan and Alaska are three hot cruising destinations. Costa Cruises said some of their clients are already booked for the 2021 season or are inquiring about future voyages. And popular itineraries include Japan cruises and fly-cruises from Asia visiting Mediterranean and Northern European ports. “Our Japan itineraries attract Asians as they visit numerous ports including Okinawa, Nagasaki, Fukuoka and Sasebo, with a combination of sightseeing attractions and shopping,” the line told Cruise & Travel Asia. “In the Mediterranean, our signature itineraries departing from Barcelona, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Savona are also popular. These call at ports like Marseilles, Palma and Cagliari, which are filled with history, culture, stunning landscapes and iconic tourist destinations.” Princess Cruises said they saw strong 2021 to 2022 booking volumes from groups booked through travel advisors. “There is enduring demand from our loyal supporters as well, which demonstrates that they cannot wait to go cruising again,” says the line. According to Princess, Asian guests remain enthusiastic for European and Caribbean fly-cruises, as well as cruises in Asia. As a bucket-list destination, Alaska continues to drive demand in booking volumes as well. “Princess Cruises has been sailing to Alaska for over 50 years, and our reputation as the number one cruise line there reiterates the confidence that travel advisors and guests have in us to give them an ultimate Alaskan cruise holiday,” the line says.

Royal Caribbean’s Managing Direct of Asia Pacific, Angie Stephen said cruisers in this region will book holidays that sail around Southeast Asia, much closer to their departure date. And it seems there is still an appetite for cruising. She said Quantum of the Seas sailings from Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas sailings from Shanghai remain crowd favourites among Asian cruisers, with 3-night, 4-night and 5-night itineraries capturing the most consumer interest. “In Asia, Royal Caribbean is well known for its first-at-sea features and innovative ships,” she adds. “The brand has continuously innovated to provide a range of game-changing options for our guests, all with the aim of making the cruise itself the highlight of their holidays.” Travel agency Dynasty Travel said their clients are cautiously waiting till they receive the "all clear" and without requiring quarantine upon arrival. But the company predicts that local river cruises will be back along with short-haul regional sailings. “Luxury river cruises along the Mekong river and in Thailand may be attractive to cruise lovers when demand returns, as there are less passengers on board,” said Dynasty Travel’s Alicia Seah. “There will be more "quality" travel compared to quantity, with consumers choosing less crowded cruise holidays.” She adds that bigger cruise ships will probably start with 3-day 2-night regional cruises to nowhere, where there is no need to stop over in ports of call. Asian premium line Genting Cruise Lines were first to the party in Asia and announced plans to resume operations in either July or August, starting with ‘Holiday at Sea’ itineraries to nowhere. The line plans to market the ship itself as a destination, filled with on-board activities, performances and attractions. “Moving forward, consumers will have more choices and greater convenience in travelling with more governments exploring partnerships,” said Mr. Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises and Head of International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines. “For instance, China is exploring expanding its “Travel Bubble” to cover Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea. We hope this can be similarly explored by local governments within various parts of the ASEAN region.”