Sail Smoothly Into 2018 With These Hot Cruise Trends
Need a breath of fresh air, straight off the water, in 2018? Keep these trending hotspots and cruise styles on your radar for an exciting year of cruise adventures ahead!
It’s the traditional cruise haven of choice for Americans, so it’s no wonder sun-loving Aussies are cluing on to the promise of virtually see-through waters, pristine coral reefs and exotic ports of call. Last year saw a 21 per cent increase in the number of Aussie cruisers getting their dose of breezy, laidback vibes and pina coladas along the palm tree-lined shores of this exotic cruise destination.
With the sheer diversity on offer, from Cuba and Mexico to the Grand Caymans the British Virgin Islands, it’s a curious melange of cultures, food and sights. Another highly attractive reason to cruise the Caribbean? The easy-to-reach cruise departure points – like Miami, New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale in the USA – which all prove wonderful to explore in themselves pre- or post-cruise.
Croatia Small Ship Cruising
Croatia’s popularity is ever-increasing and small ship cruising along its stunning coastline is quickly becoming the method of choice – complete with small group numbers, more freedom to stop as you please and, in some cases, all the luxe trimmings. And no wonder. No other style of seafaring voyage can pack the same punch of highlights: cruising those azure Adriatic blues, living the luxe life on board, and stepping off to explore breathtaking islands, famous sights and character-drenched villages.
Peregrine Adventures launched a new style of travel to cater to this booming trend: ‘premium’ adventure cruising, aimed at the older crowd with a focus on sustainability and sailing uncharted waters with all the personal touches.
The beauty of exploring our polar regions by cruise isn’t lost on travellers; passenger numbers to the Arctic and Antarctica went up a whopping 80 per cent last year. The chance to simply be wowed – in the flesh – by the sheer wonder of these icy landscapes where unforgettable wildlife encounters await is true once-in-a-lifetime material.
With North and South Pole cruising expeditions more accessible and more affordable than ever before, there’s never been a better time to bask in the virtually untouched beauty of the planet’s most challenging yet mesmerising reaches.
Value-seeking cruisers have caught onto the beauty of the repositioning cruise, with numbers up 36 per cent. But it’s also a fab choice for cruisers who just love to cruise and soak up the unique onboard experience of the ship itself. Still wondering what a repositioning cruise is? It’s a unique itinerary that starts in one destination and ends in another – usually in spring or autumn as the ships relocate to a different region to kick off a new cruise season. They tend to offer great value for money, extra bonuses and discounts. It’s also a great way to avoid long-haul flying. New York City to London perhaps? Or Singapore to Australia? It’s time to consider where a repositioning cruise could take you in 2018.
With passenger numbers up 38 per cent, it’s clear travellers are catching on to the fact that Japan isn’t just a must-see destination, but a must-cruise hotspot at that. With hundreds of islands and islets flaunting beautiful beaches and tranquil waters, cruising is a scenic way to discover this intriguing nation steeped in tradition and lore, enchanting temples and curious flavours.
Tick off gigantic metropolises and embark on day trips to famous sights, while also encountering unique wildlife and exploring beyond the obvious in Japan in 2018.
Russia River Cruising
More and more, travellers associate Russia with its beautiful Neva, Volga and Svir Rivers as much as the regal palaces and grand museums of Moscow and St Petersberg. Russian river cruising is a definite favourite way to experience this unique and fascinating country, from the magical rural landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage sites to the world-class cities and timeless towns.
Typically all-inclusive and with guides on hand to explore on days at port, it really is a wonderful introduction to this multifaceted nation that promises new discoveries.
Baltics and Scandinavia
The lure of faraway lands where Vikings and czars once reigned is proving too hard to resist, with cruisers keen on Europe’s northerly treasures. Passenger numbers were up 179 per cent to the Baltics and 38 per cent to Scandinavia in 2017 – offering heavy competition to traditional cruising favourite the Mediterranean and the British Isles.
Join the crowds and step off to be met by pristine fjords, medieval treasures, and landscapes that look as though they’re straight out of the pages of fairy tales. Better yet, the different seasons offer a whole new take on the experience.
Barging is a great pick for group holidays, private family cruises and multi-generational escapes – and it seems people are finally starting to catch on. Because why wouldn’t you? Choose a boat that’s right for your group, choose a skipper (or skipper it yourself) and discover the freedom of barging and all the many places it can take you – which is pretty much wherever you please! Our recommendation? Take to the beautiful, winding canals of France or the United Kingdom and get off the beaten track, by cruise.
Make 2018 a year of new cruise adventures. To find out more, contact a Cruiseabout cruise expert on 1300 769 228 or visit us in-store today.