Cruise holidays 2018: What to expect for the future of travel | Travel News | Travel

Cruises are fast becoming the next biggest travel trend as both young and old alike choose to take to the seas for their next holiday.

With al-inclusive prices and a variety of destinations to choose from, it is easy to see why.

Holiday providers are starting to modernise the cruise holiday, with some exciting new changes and experiences next year.

But what can avid cruise-travellers expect to see in 2018?

Less flying

Before starting a cruise, it can be hard work trying to get to the port of where the ship leaves.

This can mean expensive flights and luggage restrictions, which is why more cruises are to become no-fly; meaning cruises that have ports easily accessible by road.

According to ROL Cruise, 50 per cent of customers prefer a no-fly cruise, so that they can easily drive without having to go through airport security, as well as take more suitcases.

Cruise liners such as MSC, Disney Magic and P&0 are launching ex-UK cruises in 2018 and 2019, it will soon be even more accessible.

River cruising

Many cruises that journey through the Caribbean or Antarctica can be hard to get to as they cross vast seas during the trip.

Many ships are now joining the waterways to create more river cruising holidays.

According to Andy Harmer, SVP Membership & Director, CLIA: “A 10 per cent increase in river cruising year-on-year with the Rhine/Moselle being the most popular route followed by the Danube, which has nearly trebled in popularity since 2012.”

This can be perfect for a European holiday although expect different and more exotic locations in 2018.

More adventurous

According to Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), adventure travel has grown 65 per cent in the last five years which has impacted the cruise industry.

Forgetting cruises with beaches and luxury resorts, instead it is five star tours of Alaska, or glacier explorations.

Younger solo travellers

Whilst the older generation and married couples are perhaps more the clientele people may imagine go cruising, this is starting to shift much younger.

Nearly half of cruise passengers are under 50 years old, according to Andy, such many ships now catering to guests who are between 21 and 45.

The launch of Uniworld’s millennial cruise further proves the drive for a young guest experience, as well as Virgin cruises new announcement.

Not only that, but more people are travelling on their own, with ROL Cruise revealing a 20 per cent increase in guests who go by themselves.


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