SINGAPORE : A major travel agency said with a recovering economy, Singaporeans are willing to spend on travelling.

And long-haul cruises - those that last beyond seven days - are becoming a popular choice.

"This year, we have seen a strong interest for international cruises to Mediterranean, Alaska, and also the region. We have seen our cruise business increase by 40 per cent," said Chan Hean that, Group MD of Chan Brothers.

Some said going on a cruise is a more relaxed way of travelling compared to the conventional way of touring on coaches to get to the attractions.

"From the ports, there is a bit of travelling, but not so many hours. When (we) are finished with the day's itinerary, (we) come back on the ship and the next day, (we) are at another destination. It's quite leisurely... and it's not so tiring," said Loh Kah Yee, who's shopping for a cruise vacation.

A stronger economy has also spurred more to travel.

Younger travellers like Emily Tan and her husband have been saving up for a year, so they can tour Europe.

She said: "We took some time to save up a bit ... to just go and take a look, since we have not been to Europe."

A 15-day trip to their dream destinations - Paris and Rome - will cost the couple some S$8,000.

Some tour operators said about half of the tour packages for the year-end school holidays have already been booked two months ago.

They said holiday-makers are also booking tours for the long weekends, like the one during Lunar New Year period in 2011.

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