Ready, set, sail

Wondering what floats most people’s boat for ship cruises? CruiseCompete, an online cruise marketplace, has some answers in its report on bookings for March 2022, including trends in consumers’ most-requested cruise ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury, and river cruising. Here’s the top three most-popular in various categories:


  • Cruise lines: Premium/contemporary, Royal Caribbean. Luxury: Oceania Cruises. River: Viking River Cruises
  • Ships: Premium/contemporary, Harmony of the Seas. Luxury, Queen Mary 2. River, American Melody.
  • Cruise regions: Premium/contemporary, Caribbean. Luxury, Mediterranean. River, Europe.
  • Ports: Premium/contemporary, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Luxury: Miami, Fla. River, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Ports visited: Premium/contemporary, Nassau, Bahamas. Luxury, Ketchikan, Alaska. River, Budapest.
  • Countries visited: Premium/contemporary, Bahamas. Luxury, United States. River, Germany.
  • Cabin types: Premium/contemporary, luxury and river: Balcony.
  • Itinerary lengths: Premium/contemporary, luxury and river: 7 nights.
  • Sailing months requested: Premium/contemporary, March 2022. Luxury, July 2022. River, August 2022.
  • Average number of days between booking date and sailing date: Contemporary/premium, 176. Luxury, 228. River, 281.