Will an unpredictable economy and a new president impact cruise travel this year? In this pre-inaugural week, when stock markets are expanding and contracting as unpredictably as a chronic dieter’s waistband, Concierge.com, an online offshoot of Conde Nast, reveals in a survey that “on average, Americans plan on spending 10 percent more on travel in 2001 than they did in 2000.” The survey also revealed that 22 percent of respondents say one New Year’s resolution is to take more vacations. 15 percent say they want to travel more spontaneously. And 12 percent plan to pack more lightly.
Concerning the cruise industry, specifically, the survey announced that almost two-thirds of adult Americans (under 54) are planning shorter vacations -- five days or less -- while older travelers are more likely to take long trips. Not a news flash by any means; just check out the cruise industry’s ever expanding options for short cruises (evidently they didn’t need this survey to tell them what they’ve known for years) not to mention the less-than-shocking Concierge.com revelation that older cruise passengers have always preferred longer trips -- simply because they have more time for them.