Cruises are no longer the reserve of the retired or super-wealthy. In the past few years, we’ve seen cruises soar in popularity – and the statistics are certainly impressive.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), there’s been a 20.5% increase in the number of people taking cruises from 2011-2016. In 2017 alone, around 25.8 million people enjoyed a cruise – a spike in demand that’s seen dozens of new ships and routes setting sail in 2018.
So why has cruising become such a favourite for holidaymakers? What can cruises offer that your standard hotel trip can’t?
The cruise ship is the destination
If you’ve never experienced a cruise ship before, prepare to be astonished. These aren’t boats; they’re ships that cost hundreds of millions of pounds to build – more like a floating town than a sailing vessel.
Wherever the route of your cruise takes you, you’ll find the ship itself is an incredible place to spend your holiday. From fine dining restaurants, cafes and bars to theatres, cinemas, kids’ clubs, sports and swimming pools, you’ll never be short of things to do while you’re at sea.
There’s a cruise for everyone
Cruises also offer a lot of opportunity to tailor your own cruise experience. Whether you want an adult-only break or a lively time with your entire family, you’ll find exactly what you need. Even once you’ve chosen a cruise, you’re likely to find a choice of entertainment options, classes and activities to take part in. Or, if you’re anything like us, you can just relax on the deck next to the pool.
There’s a similar wealth of choice when it comes to accommodation. If you’re on a budget, affordable rooms may lack a view (or any kind of window), but give you even more incentive to get out there and take part in the ship’s activities. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something more luxurious, cruises can give you everything you’d expect from a luxury hotel, including air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and other premium facilities.
Why settle for just one incredible location?
Choosing where you want to go on your next holiday can be difficult. With a cruise, you can take in a whole range of stunning destinations. Stops and shore excursions are made at some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on the planet, so when it comes to unforgettable experiences one after the other, a cruise is unbeatable.
You could explore the coast of North America, visit the historic landmarks of Europe, or gaze at the ancient temples and spectacular cities of the east. Some cruises take trips along iconic rivers and fjords, whilst others voyage to pacific islands for a taste of paradise. The possibilities are almost endless.
Cruises make life feel easier
A cruise has this magical ability to make you feel like you’re being cared for, attended to, and guided from place to place. There’s no need to plan your own trips or fuss around with complicated connections. The right cruise provider takes care of it all.
It even starts before you leave. There are cruises for every holiday length, from short breaks to those that last several months. You can usually choose from different boarding and connection options, with or without flights depending on your preferences.
It’s a holiday of a lifetime made easy. No wonder cruises are so popular.
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