Younger crowd on Carib easyCruise
The easyCruise concept is hitting the Caribbean. After a summer season in the Mediterranean, easyCruiseOne, which is now in Bridgetown, Barbados, looks set to take on its first winter season passengers.
Offering flexible itineraries that allow cruisers to embark and depart at any port along the route, provided they stay onboard for at least two nights, easyCruiseOne is nearly 90 percent booked through November.
Unlike a traditional cruise, easyCruise attracts younger vacationers who would not generally have considered cruising. easyCruiseOne Caribbean passengers, of whom more than 50 percent hail from the United States, average in age from their mid- to late thirties—20 years younger than the current published industry average.
“Our first season in the Mediterranean was very successful for the easyCruise concept and Caribbean bookings for our first few months also are encouraging,” said Stelios, easyGroup’s chairman. “I look forward to introducing the ‘easy’ brand to additional young travelers who want to cruise the Caribbean.”
Through April 26, 2006, easyCruise will offer flexible week-long itineraries to some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands including Bridgetown in Barbados (Saturday and Sunday), Kingstown in St. Vincent(Monday), Fort de France in Martinique (Tuesday), Bequia in The Grenadines(Wednesday), St. George’s in Grenada (Thursday) and Castries in St. Lucia(Friday).
All of the main ports on each island will be used apart from Bequia in The Grenadines, where easyCruiseOne will remain at anchor. This island is so small and intimate that only private yachts can actually moor on the beach. Barbados, Martinique, Grenada and St. Lucia all have international airports with a selection of direct flights from the U.S.,London, Paris and other destinations.