Were you one of them?
CLIA are kind of a big deal when it comes to cruising and their annual industry report has crystal ball like abilities when it comes to predicting the top trends to come for cruising. The 2019 Cruise Trends and State of the Cruise Industry Outlook has arrived and it is official – more of us than ever are taking to the seas for our holidays! 2018 saw more than 28 million passengers cruise across the world and the number of Brits booking a cruise holiday passed the two million mark for the first time ever.
Cruising in 2019
The future is bright for cruising too, with 30 million of us expected to cruise in 2019 – a massive increase on a figure that stood at just 17.8 million a decade ago. There are new cruise ships from some of our favourite cruise lines, including a new vessel designed especially for the Galapagos by Celebrity Cruises and not one but TWO new ships for MSC Cruises. When it comes to where we’ll be going, it looks like the Caribbean is set to remain the most popular destination for cruising in 2019, with a whopping 34.4% of cruisers heading for those idyllic islands last year on a Caribbean cruise holiday. The Mediterranean stole second place with its ancient cities and sun-soaked beaches, while Europe put on a good show with 11.1%.
Want to know where and how we’ll all be cruising in 2019? Here are a few more of CLIA’S 2019 predictions; which ones are you planning?
Our lives move at a million miles an hour so the chance to check out and rejuvenate has never been quite so necessary. Cruise lines are going big on wellness in 2019 with more spa experiences, healthy menus for a huge range of dietary needs and the latest fitness fads making their way on board.
Achievement Over Experience
Travel isn’t just about seeing the world anymore; we want to learn new things while we tick off our bucket lists. CLIA predicts that 2019 will be the year cruisers conquer their ambitions via time spent at sea. So whether you’re determined to hike Machu Picchu or brush up on your cookery skills with a Le Cordon Bleu chef, you’ll be able to do it on a cruise holiday.
The world has gone wild for more conscientious travel and not a minute too soon. Cruise lines are on board too, from ditching plastic straws entirely to introducing aluminium bottles for water. 2019 is set to be the year cruisers take conscious travel further, from working with local communities to choosing the most environmentally friendly cruise lines around.
Access is the New Luxury
Luxury means something new for 2019. Being the first to experience destinations beyond the reach of most – and often only accessible by cruise ship – will be top of the list for when money is no object.
Cruising isn’t just for the summer holidays. The off-peak season has never been so popular as we seek winter sun and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations like the Norwegian Fjords, Falkland Islands and Galapagos.
There are more Google searches for ‘solo travel’ and ‘travelling alone’ now than ever according to CLIA research. The beauty of cruising is that it can take you to far-flung destinations without any of the logistics that would be involved in such a big trip, connecting travellers while still allowing plenty of opportunity for time alone. There’s no wonder cruising solo is set to be so hot in 2019.
Will you be one of the 30 million cruisers taking to the seas this year? We’d love to know what is on your cruise holiday 2019 agenda!