Friday, January 17, 2014
Cruise line trend spotting by CLIA
Further down in the Cruise Line International Association’s State of the Cruise Industry report released this week is a number of developments that the group expects to see take shape in the year to come.
Like their airline counterparts, increased access to communication is occurring. CLIA says improved technology will lower the cost of onboard communications and provide more efficient passenger servicing. We noted that in a recent story where Norwegian Cruise Lines will soon have aboard the Norwegian Breakaway, a high-tech Internet modem that will promise 100 Mbps service for its passengers.
The decks on a cruise ship are also becoming more of a place for a family reunion. Multi-generational and celebration cruises as well as well as something called “social/affinity group travel” will be popular as well.
Cruise lines will be responding to this shifting demographic with more all-inclusive options and packaging in accommodations, services and amenities, notes CLIA
Hot destinations for 2014 will be trans-Pacific, world cruises, U.S. rivers, South America, Antarctic, Middle East, Canada/New England, Africa and Exotic Rivers of the world.