Looking to plan a cruise this year? With so many destinations every year, the process can be overwhelming. Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or embarking for the first time, more and more people are giving cruising a try thanks to more ports, new ships and more on-board options, all of which are making cruising more accessible to more people. What will passengers find onboard this year and at the start of 2015? Here are some details on what’s new in cruising.
Finally, Some Technology
For years, connecting to the Internet on a large ship has been spotty with slow Wi-Fi connection and madly expensive fees for checking an email. During this technologically advanced era, many people want to connect online and stay in touch with home or the office– even on vacation. In the coming years, they will finally be able to. Expect cheaper Internet access in the future, as well as apps that will help passengers connect while sailing the seas.
New Ships, New Sails
In 2013, there was a huge influx of new cruise ships, one being the massive Norwegian Breakaway. This trend will still continue all throughout 2014, and possibly in the coming years as well. This year’s lineup already has 16 new ships ready to launch. Among the new additions, expect to see the highly anticipated debut of Norwegian Getaway and Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas.
European River Cruises Anyone?
One of the hottest trends to grow in the last couple of years has been European river cruises. Europe’s rivers offer a vast range of adventure and capture its beautiful cosmopolitan cities, terraced vineyards and charming historic villages. A European river cruise is one of the best ways we know to explore inland Europe, visiting cities, towns and villages that traditional big ships usually can’t access. Today, Europe river operators like Avalon and Viking River are planning to incorporate contemporary features and amenities for added on-board entertainment. Like the sound of that? Call your Coast to Coast Grand Getaways Travel Counselor to book your own European river cruise!
After two plus years of bad news dominating headlines, the cruise industry is stepping up to the plate and ensuring the safety and security of cruise guests and crew members and maintaining routine safety operations. The Cruise Line International Association industry group has reminded travelers that although one incident is a concern, cruising is still a very safe method of travel and vacationing. Safety is the most important part of any fun voyage. If the trip isn’t safe, it will not be fun.
More International Destinations
The U.S. has long led the way in the number of cruise ships and ports and that will most likely continue to be the case. But expect to see more Brazilian, British and German destinations for cruise ship routes as the industry starts to lure other countries for cruises in both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.