Cruise specialist cruise.co.uk has this week reported a notable increase in the proportion of guests booking its tailor-made land tour packages pre- or post-sailing, versus those who book independent arrangements.
Prior to the pandemic, there was an even split between cruisers selecting organised tour packages and those making independent arrangements. Now around 75% choose the organised option.
Extended stays tend to be popular with guests who have taken a voyage further afield and want to make the most of their long-distance break.
While not currently accessible to UK travellers, suprisingly North America is still proving an attractive option at present for guests on organised packages, with New Orleans, Miami, New York, Las Vegas and Toronto among the most-visited destinations.
Commenting, Tony Andrews, deputy managing director of cruise.co.uk, said: “Our organised tour packages have never been more popular and it’s easy to see why. Cruisers are itching to get back out and explore, both on land and on sea, so are still booking extended breaks either side of their sailing to really make the most of their time away.
“At the same time, they want to remain safe and secure, so having a tailor-made schedule with a reputable operator is an ideal way to do this. It takes the hassle out of the arrangements, ensures everyone gets great access on their tours, and provides the peace-of-mind that everyone is fully protected when they travel. It’s an ideal compromise and we’re anticipating most cruisers will make this their preference for the foreseeable future.”