What are the trends in cruising for 2016 and what can we expect from the industry? CruiseCompete has insider knowledge about emerging travel trends, thanks to countless hours of research and thousands of consumers who provide feedback on their cruise travel experiences and preferences.
Below are the trends they are seeing:
U.S.A. river cruising steams (and cruises) ahead. American Queen Steamboat ships and American Cruise Lines’ small-ship cruising along the inland waterways and rivers of the U.S. will be more popular than ever. Beginning in 2017, Viking Cruises will also operate 2 ships on the Mississippi and its tributaries. These 2 new Viking ships are the 1st of 6 Viking plans to roll out on the Mississippi over a 3 yr. period – a monumental deployment by any standard.
The hottest destination? Cuba, Cuba and Cuba! Since the U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations, many people are booking cruises to Cuba based on pent up demand. A number of lines are now including Cuba on their itineraries.
Less is NOT more, more is more: All-Inclusive is becoming the industry standard. Across the board, cruise lines are going more and more all-inclusive. Although this trend began with the Ultra-Luxury sector, due to consumer demand more and more of the lines are following suit.
Family and multi-generational cruising make multi-room suites the hottest (and hardest to book) onboard accommodations. Cabins designed for families, such as Royal Caribbean’s Family Connected Junior Suite with Balcony and Norwegian Cruise Line’s The Haven 3 Bedroom Garden Villa are booked way in advance.
The world at your fingertips: an expansion of Internet and technological conveniences. Royal Caribbean will roll out high-speed “Voom” service to all its Caribbean based ships by mid-2016. This service will allow pax to surf the internet quickly and also use services like music streaming sites and Face Time. This trend is widespread, with more Wi-Fi and apps at sea across many of the lines.
Mysteries of the Orient: Asia cruises are in demand. The mystery and beauty of Asia are calling. Public demand for these exotic cruises is on the rise. From the serenity of ancient temples, to the distinctive culinary flavours, to the thrill of shopping in the lively open-air markets, cruisers long for the combination of exotic sights, sounds, tastes and experiences.