Looking forward in the New Year, we’ll see new ships cruising the world’s oceans and rivers, as well as renovations, upgrades - and even one total transformation, of older ships.
No surprise: Mom and Dad are cruising with kids of all ages - more than 1.5 million a year. What’s notable is the 50% bump in families with children under the age of three, a trend that might be fed in part by the discounted fares offered by some lines for tots younger than two.
In general, the most family friendly cruise lines are: Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, Cunard Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises.
Luxury, like beauty, can be in the eye of the beholder. This is especially true for luxury cruises, when it’s the client’s wish list that decides which cruise is truly “luxurious.” Is it all about service that begins before the guest even arrives at the dock, that allows easy crowd-free boarding and proceeds with a glass of champagne and a personal escort to the stateroom? That means a small ship carrying relatively few passengers.