Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

A new survey of travel sellers indicates the number of travelers booking luxury cruise cabins is on the rise.

According to the latest poll of travel agents by Travel Leaders Group, luxury bookings are up across the board, with agents reporting that cabins on luxury cruise ships are the accommodations they book most for luxury clients, followed by five-star hotels and resorts.

According to the survey, which polled 770 luxury-travel-focused sellers, 40% reported an increase this year in luxury cruise bookings and 33% reported a rise in cruise suites.

Like all things luxury, the Travel Leaders survey would indicate the higher-end lines may be doing well.

And the report brought another round of good news for the luxury sector in general. More than 90% of participants said their bookings had increased or remained steady for luxury hotels, cruises, tours and first- and business-class airline tickets.

“The confidence luxury travelers have is palpable and clearly identified with the booking data from our latest survey,” said Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben. “But make no mistake, clientele looking for unique, bespoke travel experiences do not spend money frivolously -- they demand value, as any traveler should.”

When it comes to lodging, nearly 92% indicated that their luxury hotel bookings are higher than or on par with this time last year; nearly 50% reported an increase.

Agents also reported tour bookings were up 40%, and first- and business-class airfare bookings were up almost 38%.


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