South Aussies set sail in record-breaking cruise season

21 April, 2023

The cruising industry has officially bounced back in a big way, with a record number of ships visiting South Australia in the most recent season.

Since September 2022, 80 ships visited SA and made a record-breaking 104 port stops around the state, beating the previous record set in the 2018-19 season. The Australian cruise season generally runs from October to April.

RAA Travel General Manager Gina Norman said the growth was a great sign for both the industry and South Australia more broadly.

“The return of cruising has been brilliant for our visitor economy, jobs and local tourism operators – but it’s equally great for South Aussies who want to jump on a cruise and explore further afield,” Gina said.

“We’ve seen a 181 per cent increase in cruise booking through RAA Travel compared to last year’s cruise season.

“Cruising can be an easy way for anyone to get out on holiday, especially for those who choose not to fly or find it more difficult.

Gina also said next cruise season was already starting to book out.

“At RAA Travel we’re seeing cruises book out 6 to 12 months in advance … and right across the travel industry we’re seeing an increase in lead times of bookings.

“Our message to anyone wanting to head on a cruising holiday is to make sure you plan ahead and speak to your local travel expert as soon as you can.

“Looking at those further years to make sure you get the cruise you want and a great deal at the same time is also a good idea.

Gina said cruises going to Australia and New Zealand destinations were the most popular, but RAA Travel was starting to see strong interest in cruises heading to Europe.

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