|Date: Friday, 19.04.2019, 13:36 | Message # 1
The stable market of sea cruises closer to the summer season has once again confirmed its relevance among Russian tourists. The growth in demand was possible due to the high return of cruise tourists, interest in our market from international cruise operators, and the relative stability of the ruble. As a result, the average growth rate of demand reaches this year 20-30%. The favorites are traditionally Mediterranean and cruises from St. Petersburg, while our tourists are willing to try out the "new" cruise market.
So, the tour operator “PAC Group” offers a cruise with 10.06.2019 on the Mediterranean route Italy + Spain + France from Genoa, favorite of tourists: the route is called “Azure Coast” and goes on the MSC Seaview liner. Its cost is $ 60'286 for a week. The tour operator Infoflot offers 22.06.2019 Cruise Tour Greece + Turkey on the Celestyal Olympia liner for $ XXNX'106. The program includes the flight Moscow – Athens – Moscow and 700 nights at the Hotel 2 * in Athens. The Cruise House tour operator offers a 4 cruise from the port of Cittavecchia (Rome) on the route Greece + Italy + Malta called “Over the Greek Islands” on the Celebrity Edge for $ 25.05.2019 on 2104 nights. For more information about the range of cruise tours, including cruises from St. Petersburg, please follow the link below.
“The growth in sales of summer cruises was 30%. At the same time, the maximum depth of sales of a cruise product is 2 of the year; more often, new, unfinished liners or exclusive routes begin to book this way. The most active sales, as a rule, pass for 7-3 months before departure. For 2 a month and less, new cruise travelers are usually booked, and their number is steadily growing, ”commented the press service of the PAC Group tour operator to the infogroup’s TURPROM correspondent.
This season, as experts noted, the Italian cruise operator MSC will present the largest fleet in the Mediterranean: 10 liners, including the absolute novelties MSC Bellissima and MSC Seaview. “Classical cruises“ Music of the fjords and the city of the Baltic ”from St. Petersburg in 2019 for the first time will be performed on the MSC Meraviglia 2017 during the year, a liner ideal for northern latitudes,” said PAC Group experts. Further, in the most popular Russian region of the Western Mediterranean in 2019, MSC presented the MSC Seaview (2018), MSC Bellissima (2019) liners, as well as the familiar MSC Fantasia and MSC Divina liners.
“The cruise market is growing quite actively. For different segments, the growth ranges from 10% to 30%. For this we see many factors: stabilization of the ruble exchange rate, more and more agencies are starting to sell cruises, experienced cruisers are returning to travel on new ships and bring friends with them, and cruise companies themselves offer more services on the Russian market, including cruises with departure from Russia ", - commented in the press service of the tour operator" Infoflot ". The May cruises are already in high demand - due to the expansion of the product line and adequate prices. At the same time, according to experts, the rating remained almost the same. First place is shared between the cruises in the Mediterranean and travels from St. Petersburg. In third place are cruises in the Persian Gulf. The first are attractive due to the large number of direct and low-cost flights, including to Barcelona, Rome and Genoa; Cruises from St. Petersburg are offered by such popular operators as Costa Cruises and MSC, as well as more low-cost ferry routes.
“The demand for Southeast Asia is growing, since there are many countries in this region where Russians do not need a visa, there are liners with Russian-language services, and there are also many direct, albeit long, flights. The duration also does not change the trend - weekly cruises are the most popular, ”noted the experts of Infoflot. At the same time, the “standard” class remains a popular class, but the demand for cabins with a balcony is growing.
“The number of people who want to rest on the May holidays or after increased by about 35%, plus a significant increase in the depth of sales. Our tourists still give preference to cruises, where there is a Russian escort. We present the project “Costa in Russian”: Russian-speaking assistants and animators for children work on Costa Magica, Costa Diadema, Costa Fortuna liners, as well as TV channels, menus and day programs in Russian, there is also the opportunity to purchase excursions in advance with a Russian-speaking guide at a price of 69 euro per package, "- commented the experts of the tour operator" Atlantis Line ". Among the novelties, experts recalled the new liner Costa Smeralda, as well as the fact that the second ship, the sister of Costa Smeralda, will be created in Turku in 2021 year.
“We want to introduce to tourists also our new partner, Holland America Line, whose cruises are in the premium category. Also sales of cruises across Europe from the Carnival Cruise Lines company have already started. Three liners Carniva Legend, Carnival Radiance and Mardi Gras will be presented on European routes in 2020. The most innovative cruise liner “Mardi Gras” debuts at the end of the summer 2020. Cruises are already on sale. The price of early booking is valid, ”Atlantis Line experts emphasized.
“This year is very stable: we are seeing an increase in sales of both sea cruises and river cruises for the May holidays and the summer period of 2019. Evaluating by market, we expect growth of more than 20%. Russians steadily from season to season, the same destinations are popular: the Mediterranean, cruises from St. Petersburg, cruises from the United Arab Emirates, the Caribbean, and exotic destinations. The routes of those cruise companies that are more focused on the Russian consumer with an expanded Russian-language service lead, ”said Lyudmila Guralnik, head of the marketing department of the cruise house tour operator Cruise House. According to her, this season cruises around the Mediterranean on liners of cruise companies Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises have become especially popular. Cruises on Royal Caribbean's Oasis Of The Seas, an innovative liner that offers very attractive prices in dynamic Mediterranean cruise packages for the summer-autumn season, are in high demand.
“But we are witnessing the biggest boom on the routes from St. Petersburg in Northern Europe to cruise companies Costa Cruises, MSC, Princess Cruises. We should also separately note the growing popularity of the Black Sea Cruises domestic cruise company, whose ships in the summer season will again run between the Crimea and the coast of the Krasnodar Territory, calling at the brightest ports: Sochi, Novorossiysk, Yalta, Simferopol, ”said Lyudmila Guralnik
Experts emphasize that there are enough offers on the most popular destinations. “Throughout the season from April to October, PAC Group organizes weekly Russian-speaking groups on the MSC Seaview airliner on the Cote d'Azur cruise with the possibility of landing in Genoa, Rome or Barcelona and the possibility of choosing a wide range of cruise + City and Cruise + group programs The beach, as well as Cruise + Avia together with S7, ”was told in the PAC Group. Also, experts presented an unusual novelty: 10 August, cruise "Circle of the Earth", 21 day trip to MSC Orchestra - Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Orkney Islands and Germany.
“The coming 2019 year will be a record year for the number of cruise liners launched: the launch of 24 new ships is planned. As a result, 42'488 cabins will fill up the market, which will be 7,5% of the total. The biggest liner that will be commissioned this year will be the Costa Smeralda with an 5224 passenger capacity, and the smallest - Magellan Explorer from Antarctica 21 - on the 100 guests, ”told Infoflot. The tour operator himself will provide the Russian accompanying tourists on all Costa Magica flights.
Other experts recalled that 2019 will set a record for the number of new liners a year. “Costa Cruises launches Costa Smeralda, Royal Caribbean — Spectrum of the Seas, MSC — 2, Bellissima and Grandiosa. Norwegian Encore will be launched by Norwegian Cruise Line. Carnival will present the Carnival Panorama liner, ”said Lyudmila Guralnik (Cruise House). The expert also noted that the company traditionally introduces innovative services every six months that allow partner agencies to select a full-fledged tour with sea or river cruises in real time. “Until the end of July, 2019 Cruise House will launch a new version of Online Search, where it will be possible to book with cruises, not only flights and transfers, but also hotels, as well as many other tools convenient for agencies, ”Lyudmila Guralnik summed up.
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