It’s officially summer, which means it’s officially time to find the adventures that are out there waiting for us. How we find those adventures may be just as important as the adventures themselves. It’s that whole journey versus destination mantra, right? With so many new and exciting ways to travel, it might be difficult to choose how to get our journey started. One way that grows in popularity each year is the cruise industry, with 24 million people choosing it as their mode of travel in 2016. This form of travel may be just what you need to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sun this summer. We’ll walk you through a few reasons why you should consider adding wandering the waters of the world in your travel plans this season.
There is a Cruise for Everyone
Whether you’re a mom, a teen, or something in-between, there is a cruise for you. Approximately 40 new cruise ships were created during the 1980s, 80 came to the scene during the 1990s, and more than 100 have been introduced since 2000--with a steady increase of new ships every year. With more and more ships being created, more and more vacation needs are being met. If you’re traveling for a romantic getaway, you might consider Princess Cruises. If you’re traveling with little ones, Carnival Cruises could be the way to go. If you’re a fitness junkie, Royal Caribbean International will meet all your active needs. With a growing list of cruising options to all around the world, you’re guaranteed to experience the best kind of vacation for you. Plus, the itineraries have already been sculpted to fit the needs of cruise’s targeted passengers. They’ve worked out all the kinks of your perfect vacation so that you don’t have to.
Live in Luxury
Cruises are great in the fact that they allow anyone of any demographic a chance to have a few days (and sometimes months) of luxury. During their creation in the early-19th century, cruises were reserved strictly for the elite. Despite the fact that anyone can now board a cruise and enjoy the amenities and other goodies they offer, they are still viewed as one of the most luxurious forms of travel. Their balance of inclusion and the image of elitism have caused an average passenger growth rate of 7.2% every year since 1990, with more and more people seeking an escape from the grime and monotony of the everyday office life and grueling housework.
That escapism is made all the more luxurious each year as the cruise industry continues to financially excel in the travel industry. For more than ten years, it has consistently outperformed the US economy, especially within the travel and tourism sector. Spending with American businesses by the industry increased 75% from 2000-2010, reaching $18 billion. As cruises succeed financially, they have more spending power, which means new boats with even more luxurious experiences for your summer travels.
More and more millennials are getting onboard with the idea of escaping the monotony of the everyday via cruise travel. In a survey, 57% of Millennials reported that they had taken a cruise, 90% of those who had taken a cruise said that they enjoyed it. 94% said they are likely to book a cruise for their next vacation. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) reports that Millennials make up the highest percentage of passengers on each type of cruise line (luxury, premium, and contemporary). This Millennial takeover is accredited to the fact that this generation has realized how efficient this form of travel is to their time, their goals, and their bank accounts. Cruises offer packages so that you know what you’re paying upfront. Rather than having to deal with additional costs, you know what you’re getting from the get go, which Millennials (who often live on tight budgets) really appreciate. That cost is also efficient in terms of getting to go to several places all at once, quickly marking off those Pinterest board bucket list items. Plus, pictures of you marking off those bucket list items can easily be posted to social media because of the impressive internet connection that cruise ships have. If you’re a Millennial or if you have similar goals to this generation’s (and who doesn’t?), then cruise travel might just be the most efficient mode of adventuring for your needs.
No matter who you are, where you live, or what sort of lifestyle you lead, there is a cruise waiting for you. Consider kicking back in a life of luxury while still holding to your goals of time- and cost-efficient travel. Road trips might be nostalgic and flying might be faster, but cruising is the mode of travel everyone is getting behind these days. Find the cruise today that will help you have the summer you’ve always wanted.
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