Vacationers Love International Cruising

Cruising continues to increase its standing as the favorite international vacation choice, according to the Travel Leaders Group 2012 Fall Travel Trends survey. The survey asked its U.S.-based agency owners, managers and agents about the vacations they are booking for clients for the remainder this year. The results show that travelers are taking advantage of fall’s smaller crowds and pleasant weather in Europe and other international destinations.

Cruise destinations claimed three of the top ten spots in the survey results, with the Caribbean at number one; Europe’s Mediterranean Sea excursions at number three, up from five a year ago; and European river cruising at number 10, up from 12 a year ago.

Caribbean cruising is at the top of the list for a number of reasons, including the beauty of the islands and their proximity to the U.S. In just a week, you can fly or drive to one of several home ports, take a relaxing cruise, and return home with a refreshed attitude. The choice of embarkation points continues to expand: more ships are now home porting in New Orleans, La., and Galveston, Texas.

The second spot on the list goes to Cancun, Mexico, a terrific choice for a beach vacation. There’s white sand, turquoise water, and a great variety of places to stay, dine and play. Fall temperatures and humidity moderate from the high levels of the summer. However, October is the end of the rainy season: you may want to schedule your vacation for November or December, depending on the forecast.

Fall is an excellent time for a European cruise, especially in the Mediterranean, where the weather has also cooled from summer extremes. You may also have a better choice of itineraries and ships than during the peak summer season. Your options include the Greek Isles, Turkey, Italy, the French Riviera and the southern coast of Spain, all rich in scenic beauty and culture.

As for the growing popularity of European river cruising in the fall, that may have something to do with the sparkling Christmas Markets found in many ports of call in the weeks before Christmas.

Call your travel professional to make plans to visit these or any of the top 10 international destinations, which also include:

4. Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya, Mexico

5. Rome, Italy

6. London, England

7. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

8. Montego Bay, Jamaica

9. Paris, France

NOTE: This article is courtesy of Travel Leaders.


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