Millions of people enjoy entertaining cruise vacations every year. As of 2012, most of the cruise liner industry has predominately been U.S. based. However, the Mediterranean and European industry is undergoing some radical changes and is growing at an extremely fast pace.
The cruise tourism industry has grown significantly and there is a wider variety of destinations for tourists to choose from today. For years now, the cruise liner industry has constantly received the best customer satisfaction ratings throughout the entire travel industry. This has made cruise tours an appealing choice for first time cruisers and an obvious one for frequent cruisers.
Cruise vacations are great for everyone. A lot of the cruise liners today focus on activities, dining, fitness, spas, and youth programs to ensure that the customer’s onboard experience is as delightful as possible. The commodities and luxuries vary from liner to liner, however a lot of royal cruise ships like the Princess Cruise and the P&O Cruise have set high standard benchmarks in the holiday cruise industry.
Most cruise ships today have multiple swimming pools, various fine dining restaurants, different themed bars, live performances, casinos, and dance floors focused to cater to guests that are seeking to party while on their trip.
Spas, health & wellness centers, fully equipped gyms, and tranquil pools maintain a level of serenity for those guests that are primarily focused on enjoying a soothing vacation away from home.
Also, most cruise ships have various youth programs that act as wonderful babysitters that provide safe recreational and educational activities for all the young guests on the ship.
Another factor that’s contributing to the success of the industry, apart from engaging customers in excitement onboard the cruise line, are the multiple destinations that the guests get a chance to visit. Most people that have traveled on a cruise feel that cruises are the best way to travel because one may visit multiple destinations without making several trips.
The growth of the industry has caused the cruise liners to be bigger and better than ever before. Some of these state of the art liners have rooms that are extremely lavish and luxurious. Also, the liners have a variety of modest yet comfortable rooms to accommodate guests of different budgets.
A norm used to exist that cruise vacations are best only for those that enjoy the beach. However, in recent years, there has been an increasing interest in cruise destinations like Antarctica and Alaska. Both of which are definitely not areas where one would carry swimming gear to.
But, some of the most exciting and most popular destinations still include areas such as the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Bahamas, Europe, and South Africa.
Traditionally, cruises go through areas that are generally pro-tourism. The cities that most cruise liners go through have always been popular amongst tourists.
Some of the most popular cruise liners are the Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Hurtigruten, and P&O Cruises. All of these cruises have different features such as some that are family friendly, while others are not. Also, another thing to note amongst cruises is that they all have different definitions of ‘all inclusive’. So, it is imperative that one understands what kind of services and amenities he/she will be paying for prior to making reservations.
It has been noticed that there are several different kinds of deals and offers that various cruise liners offer to promote certain destinations and times of travel. Most of the prices and fares can be found online; however it recommended that first time cruisers consult a travel agent prior to making reservations so that they fully understand what they are signing up for.