Top cruise sub­urbs re­vealed

Cruise Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

FLIGHT Cen­tre’s recently re­leased ‘Post­codes and Post­cards’ re­port fea­tures some in­trigu­ing in­sights into the travel pat­terns of Aus­tralian cruis­ers.

The study col­lates data from across the var­i­ous Flight Cen­tre leisure brands also in­clud­ing Cruiseabout and Es­cape Travel, and in­di­cates that the most pop­u­lar months to pur­chase a cruise are Jan, Feb and Oct - good tim­ing given that Oct co­in­cides with CLIA Aus­trala­sia’s an­nual Plan a Cruise month pro­mo­tion.

The key months to travel on a cruise are Sep and Dec, and in 2016 the most pop­u­lar length of cruise for Aussie trav­ellers was 14 days to NZ and seven days in the USA.

The most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion was New Cale­do­nia, and the sub­urb which booked the most cruises was Rouse Hill, NSW, fol­lowed by Qld’s Her­vey Bay.

The western Syd­ney sub­urb of Camp­bell­town was the third big­gest source of cruis­ers, fol­lowed by Caloundra, Run­away Bay and Vic­to­ria Point in Qld.

NSW sub­urbs rounded out the top 10 big­gest cruise book­ers, with Bateau Bay, Wy­ong and Gos­ford on the Cen­tral Coast com­ing in sev­enth, eighth and ninth - fol­lowed by Black­town.

Among Flight Cen­tre’s cruis­ing cus­tomers the av­er­age age of hol­i­day­mak­ers is 53, and they usu­ally travel with a part­ner.

“More than 1.2 mil­lion Aus­tralians from all back­grounds had a hol­i­day cruise in 2016, and hun­dreds of thou­sands of them booked through Flight Cen­tre,” the com­pany said.

More than 50% of peo­ple who booked a cruise via Flight Cen­tre this year in­di­cated they in­tended to book another cruise within the next 12 months.

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