ABTA - The Travel Association has published its latest Travel Trends Report, highlighting the kind of activity that is likely to feature in the sector over the next year.
The cruise industry has been rapidly expanding over the last few months as more people warm up to the notion of a holiday at sea and operators launch vessels to accommodate the growing interest.
According to the report, cruise operators will be seeking out new markets in the future and one of the niche segments they will go for is the naturist community, leading to a rise in naked cruising.
The organisation explained: "Naked cruising has been tipped to sweep the sector, as cruise companies continue in their efforts to attract new cruisers.
"Naked cruising currently exists in the US with Texas-based Bare Necessities first chartering a Costa Cruises
vessel to take 2,200 naked passengers around the States in 1991."
According to the Passenger Shipping Association, 16 new ships of all sizes are expected to be launched within the next year.
Written by Chris Smith.