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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cruisers Want Diversity of Activities & Choice

According to the Cruise Line International Association cruise passengers identify cuisine, entertainment, spa/wellness and shore excursions as the items that matter most when selecting a cruise ship and itinerary. The more diverse the offerings the better!

For shore excursions, sun and sand remain the most popular but interest in city tours, history, and culture and adventure excursions is growing.

Travelers value additional choices in alternative-style shipboard restaurants, the spa and wellness area, workout facilities and adults-only facilities.

Entertainment wise cruisers prefer Broadway-style shows, Las Vegas style revues and famous name acts.

The cruise lines have received these messages loud and clear. Their new build ships address these features plus we’re seeing many upgrades to older vessels.

When considering a vacation at sea and you’re unsure about the cruise lines, ships and destinations I suggest you contact a cruise savvy travel agent. These travel agents function as multi-line cruise consultants and can advise on the difference between the lines.

If you contact a cruise line directly you’re only going to receive information about that specific firm.

Option 1 is to contact and work with one travel agent. Option two is to contact all the various cruise lines working with many facts and figures.

You make the call(s) or click(s).

Bon Voyage!