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"NEW YORK -- The cruise industry racked up dramatic gains November through January according to a new study released by CLIA, which shows more Americans buying cruises so far in 2002 than in the same period in 2001.
According to the study, several cruise lines set records for the number of reservations made in the first three weeks of January 2002.
CLIA president Jim Godsman attributed the resurgence of consumer confidence in cruises to a number of actions taken by the cruise lines, such as the repositioning of ships, new programs and enhancements, aggressive marketing campaigns, early booking incentives and reduced prices.
Carnival Cruise Lines set two one-week reservations records. Its record of 140,392 bookings for the week of Jan. 7 to 13 was broken the next week with 144,342.
Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises also broke previous booking records two weeks in a row.
Royal Caribbean achieved a record of 147,819 bookings for the week ended Jan. 18, and the next week was 78% over the same period the previous year.
After a six-week downturn following Sept. 11, Seabourn's revenues for the next three months were 307% over what they were the same period a year before.
The week ended Jan. 18 was Silversea Cruises biggest booking week in the line's nine-year history, 35% over the same week last year."