What is the cruise talk of 2012?

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-11-2011

Cunard will be holding a ‘Royal Rendezvous’ in Southampton on June 5th 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Each ship then cruises from Southampton, the Queen Mary 2 for a short trip to France, Belgium and Holland, the Queen Victoria to the Adriatic and the Queen Elizabeth to the Baltic.

Cruises have traditionally been seen as a holiday more suitable for the retired, wealthy or staid traveller but are now becoming more popular each year, particularly with younger holidaymakers, the latest report by the Passenger Shipping Association showing a 6% increase overall in cruise bookings.

It is unusual for any leisure market to expand at a time of recession and many new cruise ships are being built to fulfil the demands of a growing market. There has been a much greater increase in interest in river cruises, including smaller luxury river cruise deals which offer a more intimate setting. The duration of a river cruise is usually shorter, which makes it particularly suitable for travellers who prefer to take several shorter breaks each year rather than one holiday of two or three weeks’ duration.

The most highly rated cruise lines are offering super value cruise deals, not only in the price but with added attractions and services included in the total package. Some cruise lines are offering more incentives like 50% reduction on the cost of selected cruises, or inclusive deals and special offers with free vouchers to be spent on on-board facilities and services like beauty treatments, or for excursions from the ports of call.
Exciting new itineraries have been devised, including a trip up the Amazon as part of a cruise sailing round Barbados and Iquitos and a four day trip to Japan as part of a voyage around Hong Kong, Beijing, Taiwan and other destinations in the Far East.

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