The popularity of cruising has soared over the past decade, and the cruise industry has responded by building larger ships offering the latest and greatest in luxury cruising, and increasing the number of ports of call.
So what’s so great about cruising? You usually get great value for your dollar on a cruise. Most of your expenses are generally included in the total price you pay up front. You visit multiple destinations and only have to unpack once! And what could be better than bringing loads of exotic locations right to your doorstep?
On board, you can do as much or as little as you like, depending on your mood. Education at sea has become quite popular – take a culinary course or admire the ship’s art gallery.
Many cruises now have casinos and there are often live performances for keen theatre goers. Most cruise ships now have a spa to help you rejuvenate and relax — and of course there’s usually a gym, if you feel you’ve overindulged in the delicious cuisine on board.
Cruising is also a popular choice for celebrations, like family reunions and weddings. And it’s the perfect place to meet new friends.
Over a million Australians enjoyed a cruise in 2015, a 15% increase on the previous year, and this doesn’t look like slowing down. That’s equivalent to 4.4% of our entire population, the fastest growth rate and highest population percentage in the world!
The 2 million target is now forecast for 2020, the year that a target of 1 million was originally forecast! So cruising continues to be a favourite with Australians from all walks of life. There’s a cruise to suit you, from luxury round the world voyages to short local cruises, perfect for family reunions.
Where are we cruising?
The top destinations for 2015 were:
• South Pacific 390,000
• Australia 180,000
• New Zealand 120,000
• Europe 100,000
• River Cruising 80,000
54% of all cruisers were in their 50s, 60s and 70s. No wonder we’ve had to increase the size of our Cruising Team at Travel Team! To see what we’ve got in store for you in 2017 and 2018.