December 11, 2019

Cruising

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Cruising is the perfect holiday option for many people.

The cruise industry is the fastest-growing category in the leisure travel market. From a capacity standpoint, utilization is consistently over 100%.  Cruise lines have also offered their guests new cruise themes and voyage lengths to meet the changing vacation patterns of today’s travellers. New high-tech entertainments are being introduced on innovative cruise ships that are now being built.

The 2019 Cruise Travel Report found that while cruising does skew a bit more to the affluent consumer than other types of vacations, almost all levels of income enjoy a cruise
vacation. River and small ship cruising continue to gain traction among travellers, specifically the Millennial set, with a focus on the ever-expanding itineraries and
destination experiences that reach far beyond walking and coach tours and endless options for the perfect “Instagram moment.”

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade organization foresees social media and restorative travel as top cruise travel trends in the coming year.

Travellers want to see the world in a conscious, mindful way. The cruise industry is more conscientious than ever, working with local communities to preserve their heritage and implementing innovations that decrease the environmental footprint of cruise travel. The industry is also working with destinations to bring the benefits of tourism to local economies while preserving local cultures, landmarks and environments.

Cruises offer great value for the vacationer on a budget. Because everything can be purchased in one package, the majority of both your needs and your family’s needs, such as transportation and various accommodations, are included in the price.

There are not many other vacation options which offer the all-in-one experience like a cruise vacation. While on a cruise you can visit multiple destinations while not changing rooms and having to constantly pack and unpack your luggage. A cruise vacation affords you the chance to enjoy your choice of entertainment and fine dining options, all which are located steps away from your room.

If you’ve not tried cruising before, it is worth taking a short cruise just to see if it is good for you. If you are worried about seasickness, most cruise ships these days have stabilisers which make for a smoother cruise, plus there is good medication which, if taken properly, can keep you well during your cruise.

Most people, once they take their first cruise are eager to book to board a ship again.