NEW YORK -- Several cruise lines reported record numbers of
bookings during "wave week," traditionally known as the first two
full weeks after New Year's Day and used as an indicator of how
business will be for the year.
* Carnival Cruise Lines reported 82,529 individual bookings made
Jan. 6 through 12 and 87,573 individual bookings Jan. 13 through
19, the strongest booking week in the company's 25-year
* Royal Caribbean International also recorded its best wave
week, January 4 through 10, booking 102,430 individual passengers
-- about one passenger every 2.5 seconds.
This year's mark exceeded the line's previous weekly record of
87,056 bookings, set last January.
* Holland America Line reported that on Jan. 6 it received a
record number of reservations totalling nearly 10,000, mostly for
seven- and 12-day sailings in the Caribbean, the Panama Canal,
Alaska, Canada, New England, Europe and Hawaii.
* Princess Cruises saw a 20% increase in the number of phone
calls for the first two full weeks after New Year's, compared with
the same period last year.
*Celebrity Cruises president Richard Sasso said wave week
bookings exceeded the line's 32% increase in capacity with the
introduction of the Galaxy in December.