Wave Season is in full swing, as cruise lines have already geared up to reveal their best deals of the season. From January through March, the cruise industry gets inundated with bookings for new itineraries and lines come out with some of their best promotions. With every new cruise season, there are different trends that become popular among travelers, and this year it appears as though there are a few new trends making their way to the frontlines.
According to CuiseComplete, publisher of the CruiseTrends Annual Report, passengers are becoming increasingly attracted to the idea of all-inclusive cruising. Luxury lines, including Silversea Cruises and Regent Seven Seas offer upscale packages and amenities, including butler services, complementary alcohol and other beyond-belief innovations that provide the royal treatment to all passengers, leaving them completely pampered.
Another increasingly popular trend is repositioning cruises. Repositioning cruises depart from one country and end their itinerary in another. While there are less ports to visit and more days at sea, cruise lines are integrating more unique ports to their repositioning itineraries, making them just as – if not more – appealing than traditional cruises. Crystal Cruises is leading the way with an impressive offering of ports for the 2013 cruise season.
The report also showed that there is a growing demand for river cruises. Fourteen new river ships are slated for 2013, including itineraries featuring the mighty Mississippi. River ships are becoming larger, keeping up with the trend in regular cruise ships. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is no exception. The line is launching a new Super Ship, the S.S. Catherine, on the Rhône and Saône rivers in Burgundy and Provence in 2014.
As far as the cruise industry itself goes, lines are starting to become more environmentally cautious and aware of the ecological imprint some vessels make. Lines are rolling out green initiatives and making charitable contributions to improve our world. Recently, Disney Cruise Line was commended for its new global paper policy and FCCA member lines holiday deliveries.
Cruise lines are also becoming more creative when it comes to entertainment options. New partnerships, including Crystal Cruises’ joint venture with Magic Castle and Cunard’s partnership with the Royal Opera House and RealD are just some of the many ways lines are improving their offerings and thinking outside the box when it comes to shipboard entertainment and activities.
But while all of these new innovations are making headlines in the travel community, it is still important to remember that with every new modification to a cruise vessel, comes the possibility of accidents and injuries. The cruise accident attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have seen passengers – and crewmembers – get injured while working with new equipment or after a line changes its policies. We remind everyone who cruises to be mindful of their surroundings and stay in groups to avoid the chance of getting hurt.
In the event that an accident does take place onboard, victims and their loved ones can turn to our cruise accident attorneys for assistance in filing a claim and protecting their rights.