The landscape of cruise ships has changed drastically over the last couple of decades, and this shift is particularly noteworthy over the last five to ten years. The first significant change is reflected in the average age of the cruise passengers – sitting on the deck of a gigantic cruise liner used to be an activity reserved for seniors and well off retirees. Surprisingly, the age of the average passenger has fallen to its lowest, most of it comprised of people younger than 45, which indicates that 2019 is as good a year as any when you should choose to cruise.
Why 2019 Should Be the Year You Go on a Cruise Ship
A playhouse that never closes
First of all, cruises are not what they used to be. As the tourism industry evolves, so does the ‘menu list’ of things you can do on a cruise liner as it sails from port to port. These days, it is a never-ending playhouse that works 24/7. You can spend your time in a casino, enjoying activities such as tennis, try your luck on a wave simulator or simply mingle with other passengers at the poolside party. Of course, various cruises have also evolved to offer a particularly focused brand of entertainment. For example, you have celebrity cruises with venues and event nights, and you can go on a carnival cruise for the party of a lifetime. In 2019, the options are truly jaw-dropping.
While your appetites for fun and games between ports are being satiated, you should never forget what’s the true upside of cruise liners: the fact that you can visit multiple premier destinations by paying for a singular holiday. The cruise ship is, for the lack of a better word, a mobile hotel that offers all of the amenities you can imagine, but it also brings the stellar highlights to your own cabin ‘doorstep’. If you are a type of person that has hard time picking a singular destination, going on a cruise might be just up your alley.
It offers a new perspective
If you are a seasoned traveler, taking up a cruise might just be a refreshment of perspective you need. The world simply appears different from the perspective of a liner deck. If you have trailed across the southern stretch between the Alps and the Pyrenees multiple times, going on a picturesque barge holiday in France can give you a fresh outlook of the countryside, from the perspective and in the rhythm you have never thought about before. And it is truly an enticing prospect – the serene and laid-back lifestyle, as the barge floats through canals that cut through bucolic scenery and arresting medieval towns, may be just what the doctor ordered.
Everyone from 5 to 105 are welcome
Now, from reading the pros mentioned above, one might get a wrong impression that cruises have turned into playgrounds of pure debauchery, but this is simply not the case. While there are some R-rated programs and schedules out there, the cruising landscape is mostly comprised of rich and captivating experiences for everyone from 5 to 105 years of age. Some of these experiences are about to become pretty popular in 2019. In fact, cruising has become one of go-to vacations for wider families. It is especially enticing for cross-generational bonding between children, parents and grandparents.
You can visit previously unreachable parts of the world
Even through the world has never appeared so small due to the proliferation of the information age, it can become pretty vast once you step out of your house. In fact, some parts of the world can be so far away and so threatening or mysterious that you might not even consider trying to pay them a visit. Cruise liners and river barges are masterfully crafted fortresses on water and they offer you a platform to finally visit the parts of the world you thought were previously unreachable. Places like Alaska or New Zealand are now only a few ports away.
Some people have unwarranted preconceptions about cruising. Those seeking for an adrenaline fix or an adventure will say that it is a stiff, inflexible way to travel, with predictable and overly slow schedules. However, if you scratch beneath the surface just a little bit, you will find out that these moving cities are a delightful bouquet of exciting activities and eventful timetables. They have evolved into the moving feasts for hedonists and party-maniacs, and the world appears to be better for it – hopping for a ride no matter the age.