CruiseDream Cruises survey indicates 30% more travellers are considering booking a cruise in the next few months.

VTLs or not, Singapore still keen to sail

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More than 65,000 cruisers have sailed with Genting Dream after it resumed services in July.
More than 65,000 cruisers have sailed with Genting Dream after it resumed services in July. Photo Credit: Dream Cruises

Despite a rapidly opening of borders globally, a recent survey indicates that travellers are still looking to the high seas for their next holidays.

The Dream Cruises survey revealed an increasing number of people who would be more likely to take a cruise within the next 12 months.

Noteworthy is how this group of repeat cruisers increased some 30% year-on-year, with numbers tripled for non-cruisers.

Over at Hong Kong — the latest destination in Genting Dream's cruise restart — Genting Dream recently celebrated 100 days of safe sailings, since service resumption in July. The ship has welcomed more than 65,000 cruisers to its “Super Seacation”, and has nearly sold out on every sailing to date.

Demand for The Palace, an “all-inclusive, all-suite” luxury concept on board Genting Dream, saw a marked increase with consumers willing to splurge more on their holidays.
Demand for The Palace, an “all-inclusive, all-suite” luxury concept on board Genting Dream, saw a marked increase with consumers willing to splurge more on their holidays.

The cruise line stated that the reason Genting Dream bookings are showing no signs of slowing down — is due to an “increased awareness of cruises as a holiday option and stronger market education during the pandemic” after all international travel came to a grinding halt.

Travel agents have also observed a consistent flow of cruise bookings despite the rapid increase of vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs) in Singapore.

“School holidays and festive sailings have been very well received and next year's sailings are also selling fast; so overall, we are observing good demand,” Jeremiah Wong, senior marketing communications manager of Chan Brothers Travel, said.

The ongoing demand for cruises, even when travel is already permitted in many countries, may also potentially stem from travellers exercising caution or looking for a convenient getaway.

“Given that there are increased VTLs, we are still receiving substantial cruise requests especially for families with younger kids,” Steven Ler, executive director of UOB Travel Planner said.

Regardless of the reason behind this trend, it is smooth sailing ahead for Dream Cruises at this point in time, and hopefully it is indicative of more good tidings to come.



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