Cruise holidays have come of age in recent years, appealing to a wider demographic and attracting younger generations and families onboard, thanks to a range of facilities and a more affordable pricing structure. But cruising hasn’t always enjoyed such a positive image. Not so long ago – and still now – a cruise was considered a stuffy holiday for wealthy retirees, who had more money and time than they knew what to do with. But today, a number of cruise operators are helping to turn this image around – and it certainly seems to be working.
Take Royal Caribbean International for instance. We’ve all seen the television adverts, where youngsters scale rock-climbing walls and whizz along zip-wires in the middle of the ocean. What’s crucial to this is the inclusion of younger passengers and families, as operators are decking out their ships with all manners of child-friendly facilities. For instance, on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner Of The Seas, there’s a whole host of different things to do, deigned to keep all ages entertained. From ice skating to roller blading, rock-climbing to golf, yoga to West End shows – there’s certainly never a dull moment.
Cruises are wonderfully diverse now, and flexible too. They’re no longer limited to 7 or 14 night cruises but instead last for varying amounts of time, sometimes just 1 or 2 nights right up to extended itineraries of 21 nights or even 28 nights.
Today’s cruise liners visit a fantastic range of destinations too. Whether you want to explore the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Norwegian Fjords or perhaps the coast of Western Australia, you can visit virtually any corner of the world and explore all the main highlights from the luxury of a fabulous liner. It’s fair to say that on a cruise, the world really is your oyster.