Bookings opened for the P&O Cruises and Cunard 2011 world voyages this week
with a record breaking start. On Wednesday 1 July, 2,044 people booked
voyages from the two programs, 47% more than on the same day last year
for 2010 world voyages, when a total of 1,385 bookings were made.
P&O Cruises is offering its largest ever world voyage program in 2011,
with four ships offering itineraries. For Cunard, the brand new ocean liner
Queen Elizabeth is sailing on her maiden world cruise, with
undertaking her fourth Grand Voyage.
P&O Cruises managing director, Nigel Esdale, said: “We hope that the
figures for both companies are indicative of shoots of growth for the
travel industry as a whole, and show the resilience of the cruise sector.
The appetite to take that ‘once in a lifetime’ voyage is far from in
decline, and for many experienced cruisers a world voyage is becoming a
regular winter holiday experience. The success of this launch day suggests
that cruising is more immune to the current economic climate and that
holidays are still a priority.
“P&O Cruises is the world voyage expert and has used this wealth of
experience to create this, the largest and most varied program for 2011.
With four ships sailing roundtrip from Southampton visiting a total of 89
ports in 46 countries we are able to offer more choice, more destinations
and more holiday options than ever before.”
Cunard president and managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “We are
delighted to see this great response to the Cunard world voyage program.
We were the first to offer a world cruise back in 1922, and guests still
seek out that civilized and authentic Cunard experience. Queen Elizabeth,
whose keel was laid in Italy this week, will take her maiden word voyage in