The past year has been an exciting one for cruising. P&O Cruises’ Britannia received a regal welcome to the fleet, 175 years of Cunard was celebrated with a rousing meeting of the Three Queens in Liverpool, Anthem of the Seas and NCL Escape put cruising firmly on the radar of families, and Viking Cruises made their first foray into ocean cruising with the arrival of Viking Sea.
Fortunately, 2016 is shaping up to be equally as exciting. According to the CLIA 2016 ‘State of the Cruise Industry Outlook’ report, 24 million passengers are expected to cruise over the course of the coming year. Here’s a little of what you can expect if you’re one of them.
With each new year comes new ships and 2016 promises to be one of the most exciting in terms of variety. MS Koningsdam, Regent Seven Seas Explorer, Seabourn Encore, Viking Sea and Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas are just some of the ships set to debut in the coming year. From six-star luxury to adventure and exploration and all-out family fun, cruisers have more choice than ever before.
The Rise of the River Cruise
River cruising has seen an incredible boom in popularity over the last 18 months and the trend for going directly to the heart of some of the most intriguing destinations in Europe, Myanmar and even Africa shows no sign of slowing. 2016 will see further expansion of exotic river cruising in regions including Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and China, along with the introduction of several brand new ships to the world’s rivers; Crystal River Cruises will make its much-anticipated debut with the arrival of Crystal Mozart, whilst Viking River Cruises, APT and AmaWaterways will also debut several new vessels throughout the course of the year.
New Levels of Luxury
Cruisers have come to expect the highest of standards and the trend for ultra-luxury is set to continue for 2016. Crystal Cruises recently released information on the stunning Crystal Esprit, a sleek yacht carrying just 62 guests around the Seychelles and Adriatic in ultimate style, complete with Michelin-star standard dining, hand-selected officers and crew and impeccably designed suites. 2016 will also see the hugely-anticipated arrival of Regent Seven Seas Explorer, billed by the cruise line as the ‘most luxurious ship ever built’. We can’t wait to find out how these two ships meet the high expectations of luxury cruisers!
A Family Affair
Dodgems, climbing walls, water slides, rope courses, surf simulators; 2014 and 2015 brought family cruising to the fore and a family cruise holiday has become more tempting than ever. Multi-generational travel is seeing grandparents, parents and grandkids travelling together, with the beauty of cruising lying in its unique ability to offer something to suit all ages, along with destinations they can explore together. That beats sitting around the same pool for two weeks, right?
What are your travel plans for 2016? Will you be rounding up the troops and taking your first family cruise or are you a seasoned cruiser looking to venture further afield? We can’t wait to see what is in store.
Here’s to another year of ocean adventures and river explorations!