5 Emerging Cruising World-wide Trends
Our team at Cruiseabout bring you the latest five emerging world-wide trends in cruising...
Event cruising is becoming more and more popular with most cruise lines providing a variety of cruises catering to special interests. This year we have cruise lines visiting many major events around the world, from the Monaco Grand Prix to the British Open Golf and spectacular Mardi Gras celebrations. This gives the best of both worlds – relaxing on board in the evenings, taking in the amazing ambience of the port you are visiting and, by day, enjoying the excitement of the golf or car racing at a premier event.
Not all events are destination based; more and more cruise lines are hosting events at sea with special themed entertainment, matching cuisine and local experts to make the events fully immersive. Expect a celebration of love and chocolate, and possibly romance novel authors on board for Valentine’s Day, or perhaps awaken on Easter Sunday to find a bunny hopping down your deck leaving chocolate eggs!
HOT DESTINATION: SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA
With the number of ships now cruising and increasing numbers of passengers interested in taking a cruise, we are becoming spoilt for choice with destinations to sail to. Over the past couple of years, South and Central America have emerged as cruising hotspots and it is not hard to see why.
Central America offers year-round sunshine, convenient access to both the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts, and a rich diversity of cultures and experiences. From Mexico to Panama, Central America is fringed by pristine beaches and is abundant in natural wonders, including the rainforests of Nicaragua, the volcanic lakes of Guatemala and the coral reefs of Belize. South America is the gateway to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands, both renowned for their abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery. South America is also the home of the Amazon River, Lake Titicaca and Iguassu Falls – all spectacular must-do destinations. South and Central America offer a feast for the senses, and cruising from port to port offers a different cultural experience and region to fall in love with every day.
FULL VOYAGE VS SHORTER SECTORS
Many of the major cruise lines offer full world cruises from 80 to 100-plus enchanting days and many of these cruises are also sold in sectors, so you can experience the special ambience of a world cruise by joining the ship when she visits your favourite part of the world. The sectors vary from shorter cruises of 15 to 30 days and longer sectors of 30 to 60 days. By doing a sector of a world cruise, you can dip your toe in the water to see if you enjoy the experience without committing to a full world cruise. Continue to do sectors year after year enjoying different parts of the world one area at a time, or take the plunge and book your full world cruise. Whichever way you chose to go, you will not be disappointed with the amazing ambience that can only be found on a world voyage.
So here’s a tip: take a segment of a world cruise between two ports and enjoy your luxury circumnavigation a bit at a time. Next year, find a new segment. You could cruise, not only to different ports or revisit favourites, but use different cruise lines and ships as well.
WHAT IS THE BEST OPTION FOR ME?
Choosing a world cruise itinerary and matching vessel is always going to be tricky, but in truth, it’s hard to make a bad decision with the quality and variety of vessels on offer. Your experienced Cruiseabout expert will always help you make the right choice based on your budget and travel desires.
The trend for the top cruise lines today is to go beyond simply joining the dots between ports and instead create a complete holiday package that enables you to see and experience locations in a thoroughly enriching and rewarding way. Look for cruise lines that spend extended time in regions you really want to visit. If dining is an important part of your holiday experience, have a look at the ships with specialty dining restaurants and experiences on land. Or if you want to combine your trip with an event, have a look for the cruise line that can provide you with it all.
DELICIOUS DINING EXPERIENCES
Culinary voyages are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in a country’s local culture. Just as dining at sea has become more sophisticated with the spate of celebrity chefs joining ships, cruise lines are now also serving up a long menu of epicurean shore experiences for gourmets.
Many cruise lines have partnered with the world’s leading chefs, who have either designed menus for main dining rooms or have a restaurant on board. Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa has designed menus on Crystal ships for the Silk Road restaurants, while Cunard has Todd English of Olive fame representing them on the Queen Mary 2 and Curtis Stone has added his expertise to the Princess line. The culinary experiences are not confined to on board only; Celebrity Cruises offers a range of Chef’s Market Discoveries, including in Mexico, where you’ll visit local markets, taste chocolate, and participate in a traditional Mayan cooking class. Silversea’s Epicurean Adventure Along the Humboldt Current is a fascinating 14-day expedition along the west coast of South America, from Guayaquil to Valparaiso, and includes dining at one of Lima’s best restaurants, a meal in the hall of 16th-century Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa, and sampling wines in Chile.