Since 2001 approximately half (50%) of all passengers on a cruise are between the ages of 25 and 39. What does this tell us? First off it tells us that cruises are no longer the realm of the rich and powerful – now almost anyone can go on a cruise. The second thing that this statistic tells us is that cruises are fun – because if they weren’t, half you passengers wouldn’t be in the 25-39 age bracket.
So, where’s everyone going to on these cruises?
Still high up on the list of preferred destinations to take cruises is the Caribbean. Sun, sea, good fishing and plenty of fun make the Caribbean the ideal cruise destination. However, add to that, that more and more agents are now offering all-inclusive cruises around the Caribbean than it would be to say in a comparable 5-star hotel, and it’s not too difficult to workout why Caribbean cruises are becoming so popular.
Ever popular with the Europeans, the sheer number of ports of historic significance that you take-in with Mediterranean cruises, such as Italy, the Greek islands, France, North Africa, Turkey and even the Suez, means that the popularity of Mediterranean cruises is now attracting a wider audience than at anytime previously.
Now, you may well be wondering what cruises of the North Sea have to offer: and the answer lies in two amazing sights of natural wonder and beauty – the Fjords and the Northern Lights. If you are lucky enough to take North Sea cruise, these two sights will remain with you forever, and this may go someway to explaining why North Sea cruises are one of the biggest growth areas in world-wide cruises.
Antarctic and Antarctica
For the more adventurous of you out there, looking for that little something different, it is now possible to take cruises that will show you all the beauties and splendors of both the Antarctic and Antarctica.
Very popular since the end of World War Two is to cruise the Pacific. Cruises go from Japan to the West Coast of America, or from the West Coast of America to Australia and New Zealand. Either way, it would be hard to find a more relaxing experience than cruising the Pacific.
Finally, if you have around three to four months to spare, then there’s probably a wider selection of cruises going round-the-world today than at any other time. Round-the-world cruises are both a joy and a pleasure and if you want to miss out a leg to take some more time to sightsee, you can simply fly to the next port-of-call and catch up with the cruise when it docks!
Cruises and the cabins
Having decided upon you cruise of choice, all that remains for you to do is to select which cabin to stay in whilst you are on your cruise. Now, this seemingly easy decision is not such an easy decision to make after all, so if you’re going to take one of the many cruises available today, keep-in-mind that you can select from:
– inside cabins: which have no windows or portholes and tend to exaggerate the motion of the ocean – a little like sitting at the back of the plane – but are also likely going to be the cheapest accommodation on any cruises;
– ocean view cabins: as the name suggests, ocean view cabins give you a view of the ocean. Now, if you’re on a cruise in the Pacific, this may not be too much of an appeal – on the other hand, a North Sea cruise would make this a must!
– Balcony stateroom: the largest of the three types of accommodation you usually find on cruises – these rooms come with all the comforts of a 5-star hotel, and the price to match!