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DETROIT, Mich. – February 2012 CruiseTrends and Cruise Index reports have been released.

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DETROIT, Mich. – February 2012 CruiseTrends and Cruise Index reports have been released.

The Cruise Index for February was 144, a 1.4% increase from January 2012, and an increase of 4 points over February of 2011. All regional pricing indices saw an increase from January except for Europe, which dipped slightly by 0.6%.

The Cruise Index is calculated based on the average daily per-passenger (double occupancy) cost for the lowest-priced oceanview cabin category on a seven-night cruise on the six largest North American cruise lines. See details and indices by region and Monthly Historical Cruise Prices.

The CruiseTrends report for February 2012 is detailed below.

Most Popular Cruise Lines

(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Cruise Line
2. Luxury: Oceania Cruises
3. River Cruises: Viking River Cruises

Most Popular Cruise Ships

(Based on the total number of quote requests for each ship)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Dream (replacing Ruby Princess last month)
2. Luxury: Oceania Marina (replacing Queen Mary 2 last month)
3. River: American Queen (Great American Steamboat Company)

Most Popular Cruise Regions

(Based on the total number of quote requests for each region)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Caribbean
2. Luxury: Europe
3. River: Europe

Most Popular Cruise Departure Ports

(Based on the total number of quote requests for each departure port)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Fort Lauderdale, FL
2. Luxury: Instanbul, Turkey (changed from Fort Lauderdale, FL last month)
3. River: Amsterdam, Netherlands (changed from Budapest, Hungary last month)

Most Popular Cruise Ports Visited

(Based on the total number of quote requests for each port visited during cruise itineraries, excluding departure ports)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Nassau, Bahamas (replacing Cozumel, Mexico from last month)
2. Luxury: Kusadasi, Turkey (replacing Corfu, Greece from last month)
3. River: Cologne, Germany (replacing Vienna, Austria from last month)

Most Popular Countries Visited

(Based on the total number of quote requests for each country visited during cruise itineraries, excluding countries of departure)

1. Premium/Contemporary: Bahamas
2. Luxury: Greece
3. River: Germany

Most Popular Cabin Types

(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cabin type)

4. Premium/Contemporary: Inside Cabin
5. Luxury: Balcony Cabin
6. River: Outside Cabin

Hottest Months for Cruising

(Based on the most requested months)

1. Premium/Contemporary: March 2012
2. Luxury: March 2012 (replacing January 2012 last month)
3. River: May 2012 (replacing April 2012 last month)

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