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Holiday Bazaar, Kenya's leading specialist in bespoke holidays, launched Cruise And Travel Planners, the first fully-fledged and flagship cruise shop in Kenya. The tailored offering will provide cruise travel packages specifically targeting the Kenyan traveller, from some of the most renowned cruise liners globally.
The opening was attended by Helen Beck Vice President, International Sales and Marketing from Crystal cruises and Thoyabah Ahmed Khan & Seymour Brugger, Sales & Marketing representatives from Royal Caribbean. Directors of Holiday Bazaar & Cruise and Travel Planners was Nishma and Jinal Shah will also be available.
Cruise holiday bookings have been on the increase locally. Holiday Bazaar, who have been selling cruise packages for the past 20years, have seen an exponential growth in the last 4 years; with initial cruise bookings ranging from no more than 20 guests annually to now exceeding 1000 guests. Cruises make for an attractive travel offering for the upper-middle class Kenyan for a number of reasons:
- An all-inclusive holiday without having to worry about managing accommodation, meals and entertainment.
- The ability to travel to multiple destinations at one go.
- Convenience of not having to pack and unpack or go through tedious immigration processes.
- Accommodate multiple generations from grandparents to parents, teens and even young children with ease.
Some of the more popular destinations with Kenyans include: Mediterranean, Caribbean and an increasing trend towards sailing around the Indian Ocean to exotic islands such as Seychelles and Mauritius.