Citing research from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says cruise travel growth is outpacing that of land-based travel. According to 2004-2014 statistics, global cruise vacations have grown faster in popularity than global land-based vacations by a 23% margin, CLIA says.
That growth is expected to continue, with the cruise organization forecasting 24 million paxwill cruise in 2016, up from 23 million in 2015.
Travel agents are also predicting higher demand, with 80% of CLIA Travel Agent Members indicating they expect an increase in cruise sales this year over last.
“Cruise lines are constantly updating their offerings and providing almost unlimited itinerary options for travellers so it comes as no surprise that cruise travel is outpacing alternative vacation experiences,” said Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA’s Acting CEO.
Here is CLIA’s take on the top 10 reasons more travellers are choosing to cruise.
Vacation Variety: Over the past 15 years, cruise vacation options have continued to evolve until there is a cruise for every kind of traveller. Ranging from family cruises complete with kid-friendly brand experiences to high end pampering at world class spas, there’s something for every travel desire.
Bang for the Buck: Cruise travellers state the “Return on Experience” offered by a cruise vacation is better than other vacation options. In addition to meals, accommodations and on-board activities that are typically included in the price, cruises also allow travellers to see multiple destinations in one trip, and for one price.
On the River & Beyond: River cruising is experiencing a big boost in popularity and enables travellers to reach inland destinations that were never thought possible. River cruises now sail to more intimate spaces and lands previously thought hard to get to by cruise.
A Tailored Trip: Cruises offer guests the chance to customize a trip specifically to their personal travel preferences. Whether travellers are hoping to relax by the pool or explore ancient ruins, there’s a cruise and itinerary available.
Every Corner of the World: Cruising not only allows travellers to visit multiple destinations but also makes touring foreign countries accessible and less intimidating.
Never a Dull Moment: Many cruise lines offer a variety of onboard activities to keep travellers entertained, day or night. From simulated surfing and sky diving to wine and chocolate tastings, the offerings are diverse and abundant.
Multi-Generational Cruising: It’s hard to please everyone, but cruising is designed to appeal to every age from toddlers to seniors. From family reunions to the family vacation of a lifetime, cruise experiences are an ideal multigenerational travel solution.
Staying Connected: While many like the appeal of being disconnected while on vacation, there are those that want or need to be connected while at sea. Today’s cruises offer a myriad of Wi-Fi, onboard texting and data options.
A Healthier Vacation: With a growing emphasis on health and well-being, cruising offers a wide variety of health benefits. From the purity of ocean air to on-board fitness options, there’s a way for everyone to stay healthy in both mind and body while on a cruise.
See the World, Unpack Once: Cruising gives travellers the chance to see, do and experience all areas of the world. While one can pack as little or as much into their trip as they’d like, their suitcase only needs to be unpacked once.