LOS ANGELES -- Luxury line Crystal Cruises said bookings over a
six-week period between March 12 and April 16 increased 42% over
the same period last year.
Crystal said the majority of the bookings were for the line's
Alaska and Europe summer seasons, as well as close-in bookings for
this spring's Asia programs.
"By far the biggest trend of 2002 is close-in bookings," a
spokeswoman said. "Crystal Cruises' tactical initiatives have
generated a strong response."
Crystal evaluates its booking patterns all the time, the
"We've been seeing this surge for awhile now, and once we hit
the six-week mark, we thought it was significant enough to tout,"