FORT LAUDERDALE — February 25 was a record day for American Queen Voyages, which is reporting strong demand for North American cruises.
On this day, the company reached a 2022 single day booking record, surpassing the previous high mark by 10%. In addition, travel advisor inquiries were up over 20% for the second half of February, with the company receiving the most brochure requests in its history since releasing the 2022-2024 Voyage Atlas.
To celebrate the milestone day, the U.S.-based cruise line has announced a Spring Savings Event that offers up to US$4,800 in bonus savings per stateroom on bookings made by April 30, 2022, on select voyages. The full list of eligible sailings is available here.
In addition, American Queen will provide free COVID-19 testing at the pre-cruise hotel prior to embarkation, beginning March 19, 2022.
“The resounding feedback from guests and our travel advisor partners over the past two weeks is that people want to cruise now, without complications and uncertainty, and our experience checks those boxes,” said Shawn Bierdz, chief operating officer, American Queen Voyages. “As we roll out the Spring Savings Event, adding free pre-cruise testing will make the experience even more seamless.”
To streamline the pre-departure experience, American Queen will now provide a free antigen COVID-19 test option prior to embarkation. Guests may also provide proof of a negative test by an accredited third-party with results from within two days of embarkation. PCR testing is no longer required.
American Queen Voyages was the first U.S.-based cruise line to provide a 100% vaccination environment for guests and crew.
“Throughout our 10-year history, American Queen Voyages has understood the importance of the pre-cruise experience, which begins long before our guests step on the boat,” says John Waggoner, founder and chairman, American Queen Voyages. “Including a free COVID-19 testing option at the pre-cruise hotel, allows our guests to plan their shore excursions and onboard activities instead of the added stress of locating a testing site at home.”