Every year, the cruise vacation experience becomes increasingly luxurious. From improved accommodations to better shore excursion opportunities, vacationers who cruise in the 21st century, have so many options during their travels that, at one time, never would have been possible.
As we transition into summer and the height of travel season, you may be wondering what the latest, hottest trends are in the cruise industry. Fortunately, as a maritime law firm, we tend to keep ourselves abreast of the cruise goings-on, so that we can be better prepared to serve every client who walks through our door.
Late last year, experts shared their opinion on the most popular cruise trends of 2017. As we approach the year’s halfway mark, we found it interesting to consider how these trends are playing out.
Hot Trends To Watch
The first item on the list: more destination cruises to exclusive, private islands. If the rich continue to get richer, it seems that they also continue to want more exclusive cruise itineraries. And why not? After all, cruising with a couple hundred other strangers can be far from the most relaxing experience. So for those who can afford it, 2017 could mean private or semi-private tours of the world’s most luxurious secluded hideaways.
This year, no corner of the world is out of reach. As cruises venture to the Antarctic, the Galapagos Islands, and–for the first time in a long time for the U.S.– Cuba, vacationers can look forward to seeing even more of the planet than was ever possible before. What this means for our global interconnectedness is yet to be fully understood, but what this means for cruise passengers is clear: itineraries are about to become much more action packed and eye-opening.
And for those who look forward to the seemingly endless opportunities to indulge in delicious food, take heart. The celebrity chef dining experience is here to stay. So if the itinerary isn’t enough to sway your dollar, maybe the potential buffet delicacies will be?
We understand just how exciting it is to monitor the developments on the high seas, and we know that you are not alone in that feeling. After all, figures estimate that 25.3 million people will embark on a cruise vacation in 2017. If you have already traveled on a cruise this year, it’s likely that you may have noticed some of these trends and others while on your trip. Or, if you’re still waiting to embark, you may keep an eye out for these highlights yourself.
Remember, Safety First
That said, no matter how many new features debut on our favorite cruise ships, it is important to remember that safety should always be the first priority. Although trends can bring a breath of fresh air to an otherwise routine cruise experience, they can also present the potential to create accident or injury. Exclusive or exotic locations can leave one far from available medical care in the event of an emergency. So no matter whether you are on board or enjoying an excursion, it never hurts to double check the security of yourself and those around you.
Far too often, we see clients who have experienced terrible repercussions at the hands of a negligent cruise line. Once an accident or incident occurs, cruise lines take steps to protect itself rather than putting the best interest of an injured guest first. We don’t want that to happen to you. So although it is tempting to trust that the cruise company has your best interest at heart, always do your own double checking. And if you have been injured aboard your cruise or while ashore, you can rest assured that a maritime lawyer on our team is here to help.
We are prepared to help you navigate the often complex legal burdens you may be carrying in the wake of your accident. So when you are ready to move forward with your life, do not hesitate to contact us.