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Cruise and Stay in 2013

Cruise and Stay in 2013

LONDON, January 6, 2013 -

      - Cruise and Stays expected to lead the way for the Cruise 2013
      [ ] holiday market
      - Flexible holiday experiences providing customers with more bang for their buck

  Travel experts at Thomas Cook have announced their forecast for the year’s biggest
holiday trend. Thanks to increased flexibility and great savings, purchases of Cruise and
Stay [ ] holiday packages are set to soar
in 2013.


  While most travel sectors continue to decline in our tough financial climate, 2012
industry growth sat at around 5% for the cruise market. Much of this success can be put
down to the popularity of new holiday formats, like the incredibly successful Cruise and
Stay holidays [ ] and highly convenient
Fly and Cruise packages.


  These trends are forecast to continue well into the New Year. In response to market
trends Thomas Cook is now offering flexible and luxurious cruise experiences to more
destinations than ever before.


  In today’s tight economy, Thomas Cook bosses explain the key to a great cruise
experience is all about getting more bang for your buck.


  Jenny Ellis, Head of Cruise for Thomas Cook, explained that when it comes to finding


  “Cruise and stay holidays offer this in spades; Holidaymakers can customise their
cruise and stay however they choose”.


  Shorter cruise duration


  Research has also hinted that while cruises are growing in popularity, their overall
duration is heading down. Thanks to greater flexibility on the length and duration of
cruises, customers are able to reduce their overall annual holiday spend whilst still
securing that much needed break abroad. Figures show that the magic number for Cruise and
Stay packages include getaways featuring 9, 10 or 12 night breaks.


  Alongside the reduced cost, the other big incentive for cruise passengers is thought
to be the outstanding variety of destinations available. Instead of being seen as a
supplementary or secondary getaway, cruises are now taking centre stage as many couples
and families choose them for this main trip.


  As the UK’s largest independent cruise retailer, Thomas Cook has also revealed that
popular cruise destinations include areas as diverse as Barcelona and the Mediterranean,
Las Vegas and the Mexican Riviera, Beijing and the Far East.


  New customers are also thought to be flocking to Thomas Cook cruise packages thanks to
the new availability of 21 regional airports.


  With holidaymakers in areas like the North and Scotland now experiencing easy access
to ports like Southampton, new cruise markets continue to open up on a daily basis.


Thomas Cook Cruise

CONTACT: Thomas Cook Press Office, Nick Sandham, Senior PR Manager, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, Tel: +44(0)1733-416748, Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Posted on Jan 06, 2013 - 10:37 AM • Print