Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises have 16 cruise ships sailing in Europe.
He said more than 25,000 Australians and New Zealanders will sail on more than 230 of the company’s cruises in Europe this year, a five-fold increase from 5,000 passengers in 2008.
He said Europe is the No. 2 ocean cruise destination in the world after the Caribbean and that after the South Pacific and New Zealand Europe is Australia’s third most popular cruise destination.
Armstrong said pre-booking a European cruise at a nominal deposit locks in the price in Australian dollars, protecting passengers against currency fluctuations.
‘Plus, there are still some excellent early-bird flight deals available,’ he said.
He said the most popular embarkation port for Australians is Rome, followed by Venice, and one of the most popular ports is Naples.