When it comes to taking a break on the high seas in 2020 far flung, pristine destinations are coming out on top, with cruisers wanting to be immersed in each location and the more unusual and faraway, the better. Here is our top cruise trends list for 2020.
The Caribbean and Mediterranean have long been the focus of a great cruise itinerary but these days cruise ships visit a diverse number of ports as diverse as Muscat, Oman; Manta, Ecuador; and Rarotonga. In fact, bookings for Silversea’s first Expedition World Cruise in 2021 are outpacing those for its classic World Cruise, featuring unusual ports like Rabaul, Papua New Guinea; Ksamil, Albania; and Bawemataluwo, Indonesia.
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Cruise lines are constantly creating new itineraries and shore excursions to keep up with the demand for destination immersion. One cruise company nailing the brief is Seabourn, which offers cultural, culinary, adventure and mindful-living experiences during their arranged shore excursions, bringing the destination to life for passengers. Their 21-day Brazil & Amazon itinerary is the perfect example.
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Cold is Hot
Expedition cruising is big at the moment, especially among passengers seeking pure, scenic destinations. Chilly locales like Antarctica, the Arctic, Greenland and Norway's fjords are enjoying the boom in adventurous cruising, with lines like Crystal, Seabourn, Viking and Ponant providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences on their voyages. Silversea offers a private-jet trip so passengers can stand next to the South Pole marker, and Quark Expeditions will feature heli-skiing in Antarctica in 2021.
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Cruising doesn't have to be a big commitment, you don't always need to spend 100+ days at sea. Micro-trips are all the rage with short jaunts trending in the cruise world. Lines such as Ritz-Carlton, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity and Virgin Voyages offer two- to five-night cruises. Equally convenient, passengers have multiple options for their port of departure, with Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and New Orleans all offering micro-cruises.
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With a growing awareness of sustainability, cruise lines have started responding by implementing more environmentally friendly technology and programs to boost the destinations they visit, both economically and culturally. Lindblad Expeditions is among those leading the way. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, by 2030, the cruise industry has committed to reducing its fleet-wide rate of CO² emissions by 40 percent.
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