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What's In Store For 2014?

6th January 2014

Happy New Year to you all. I hope your festive period was full of happiness, love and lots of calorific food!

As we scrape the last of the cold turkey sandwiches, take the Christmas tree down and make our New Year’s resolutions (that we probably will not keep!) I am back in cruise mode and ready for the exciting year ahead.

My last blog proved that 2013 was an incredible year for cruise, but can 2014 top it?

More people trying out their sea legs…

Already predicted to be another booming year for cruise, it is expected that an increasing number of people are set to take their first cruise this year.

It's estimated that almost 65,000 people in Europe will take their first cruise in 2014 and 21,622,600 people worldwide will take a cruise this year.

Experienced cruisers are estimated to take at least four different cruises this year.

Where will people want to go…

The Caribbean and Med will remain the dominant cruise destinations this year. The Caribbean is always a strong favourite due to the year round warm climate and ability to visit multiple islands on one sailing.

With more ships departing from the UK during the summer months UK residents can enjoy a wider array of destinations without having to fly.

Cruise lines are constantly ensuring they have new destinations to offer so 2014 will see people cruising all over the world to even more exotic and unique locations, especially the experienced cruisers that thrive on experiencing new places. Ports that will gain more visitors this year include Durban in South Africa and Fremantle in Australia.

Asia and Australia have become increasing popular within the cruise industry and 2014 will see more cruise lines venturing here.

This year is the 100 year anniversary of the Panama Canal so it is a great time to take a cruise here.  With less than 200 days left until the opening of a bigger and better canal, Panama are going to celebrate this milestone by hosting exciting events throughout this period.  Almost all cruise lines visit this iconic part of the world but 2014 will see cruise lines taking special Panama Canal Cruises to join in the celebrations.

I predict South America will be a favourite this year as they host the 2014 Football World Cup. The anticipation for this event is building up and globe-trotters are already visiting Brazil, Peru and Chile for a taste of things to come.

MSC Cruises are sending MSC Divina on two Grand Voyage cruises to and from the World Cup. I have a feeling other cruise lines will see the potential in offering this too.

Cruise news set to boom…

More industry announcements, upgrades and news will keep us on our toes this year.

Oceania Cruises will complete their $50 million fleet upgrade and Regatta, Insignia and Nautica will showcase their upgrades during May and June.

The largest ship in the world, Oasis of the Seas will come to the UK for the first time and embark on a one-off transatlantic cruise from Southampton in November.  Selling out in record time it is set to be a once in a lifetime cruise. 

Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas will debut the first virtual balconies in November. Select rooms will have a virtual 80 inch floor-to-ceiling HD screen and project real time exterior views .

Regent Seven Seas will upgrade Seven Seas Mariner as part of their extensive revitalisation programme to ensure their fleet boasts the highest modern standards.

Along with other cruise fanatics, I am most excited about the new ships arriving this year.

To kick start the year, the first to arrive will be Norwegian Getaway. The new 4,028 passenger ship from Norwegian Cruise Line is set to arrive into Southampton in January before heading to her home port of Miami.

Princess Cruises will showcase their latest master piece, Regal Princess. Set to arrive in Spring she will be the sister of Royal Princess, I wonder if she will have such an iconic Godmother as her sister though?

Costa Cruises will launch their new 3,700 passenger Mediterranean inspired ship. Named Costa Diadema she will be the fleet’s new flagship and feature exclusive innovations new to the brand.

Saving the best to last (in some eyes anyway!) Royal Caribbean will launch their new mega ship. Scheduled to debut in November, Quantum of the Seas has stirred up a storm already. The build-up for this ship has been intense and according to industry experts it is the most highly anticipated ship of 2014.

Will this be the most exciting year?

Every year is exciting for cruise in my eyes and I love to see how each month cruise lines exclusively reveal unpredictable news that gets everyone buzzing.

Will 2014 top 2013? I can’t tell at this point but I am sure the cruise lines have plenty up their sleeves to make 2014 just as gripping as last year.


By Sally Grimes


Top 10 Destinations Best Accessed On A Cruise

14th November 2013

Updated March 2017

 

With over 195 countries in the world there is so much to explore and the desire to travel is now a significant part of our lives.

People of all ages have a craving to delve into the cultures, food, lifestyle and scenery of different countries and with the travel industry continuously growing, the world is quite literally everyones oyster.

Almost every country can be accessed on a cruise and cruise lines now offer exciting and unique itineraries all over the world. With some destinations only able to be accessed on water, cruising gives you exclusive access to explore certain destinations in maximum depth.

 

Here are my top 10 destinations that are best discovered on a cruise:

 

1. The Norwegian Fjords

A place so magical that even the sun is afraid to set here, the Norwegian Fjords is an area of extreme beauty. With deep carved inlets, snow covered mountains, striking glaciers and quaint scattered villages throughout, there is nowhere else in the world quite like this. A cruise around this magical area will allow you to see some of the most captivating views, as well as stopping at iconic ports for you to get a taste of what true Nordic culture is all about.

 

Cruise to Norway

 

2. Alaska

Alaska is a haven of mystical sights and enchanted areas that have never been touched. Enter a journey of discovery as you sail through crystal glaciers and whale populated waters. This part of the world cannot be appreciated in full depth unless you experience it on a cruise as you will sail close to the incredible formations and to the vast array of wildlife.

 

Cruise to Alaska

 

3. Panama Canal

Only able to be experienced on water, the Panama Canal is regarded as one of the most fascinating creations in the world. This narrow stretch of water that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean will see ships being raised over 25 metres as they pass through the gripping locks. The incredible views of lush forests, interesting wildlife and local communities you will experience here will create everlasting memories.

 

Cruise to the Panama Canal

 

4. Hawaii

The Hawaiian islands are described as some of the most stunning islands in the world and with all of them being in a close proximity of each other, makes them conveniently accessible on a cruise. An area of tropical luxury where postcard views become reality, there is nowhere else in the world quite like the Hawaiian islands. With a combination of tropical rainforests, crystal clear waters and heavenly beaches, a cruise here will see you embark on a unique adventure.

 

Cruise to Hawaii

 

5. Galapagos

Situated alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are a mysterious, untouched land of extinct wildlife and incredible natural scenery. The islands are ruled by an array of unusual animal life including the giant tortoise and the land iguana. Named as a 'showcase of evolution' a cruise to this truly unique part of the world will ensure you gather life changing memories.

 

Cruise to the Galapagos Islands

 

6. Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a paradise of white sandy beaches, coral gardens, incredible marine life and beautiful local towns. The combination of natural beauty and cosmopolitan style make these islands a haven of tropical adventures. A cruise here will ensure you make the most of all of the islands and enjoy the extensive range of excursions including island tours and snorkelling.

 

Cruise to the Cayman Islands

 

7. Suez Canal

Experiencing a cruise through the Suez Canal is sure to give you one of the most unique experiences of your life. Running 100 miles between the sand dunes of Sinai and the Nile River, this stretch of water will allow you to see some truly exquisite views. Deserted islands combined with the exciting sight of vast ships waiting to enter the canal at the Red Sea entrance sets up for a once in a lifetime experience.

 

Cruise to the Suez Canal

 

8. Mexican Riviera

The Mexican Riviera is known for its coastal beaches and exciting cities that scream adventure. Due to the array of different areas of Mexico to visit, seeing it on a cruise is definitely worthwhile. Mexico is packed with rich culture and is home to some of the oldest ruins in the world. With its unique combination of history, busy cities, stunning beaches and diverse cultures, this part of the world is certainly worth taking a cruise to.

 

Cruise to Mexico

 

9. The Caribbean

The Caribbean islands are the most picturesque islands in the world and it has been revealed that 8 in 10 people dream about visiting this part of the world. With over 6,000 individual islands, it is hard to decide which one to take a holiday to Allowing you to visit multiple islands in the same week, a Caribbean cruise is a must for everyone, with some cruise lines even owning their own exclusive island for their guests. Whether you're a family of four or going solo, these exclusive islands have activities, dining and relaxation opportunities for everyone. Virgin Voyages, an adults-only cruise line, boasts six bars, private cabanas and vibrant pool parties as well as soothing acoustic tunes beside a beach bonfire at dusk. From the crystal clear beaches and tropical forests to the bright villages and cosmopolitan shopping areas, the Caribbean is certainly a fascinating part of the world to visit.

 

Cruise to the Caribbean

 

10. Bermuda

Bermuda is the little gem of the ocean that dominates the mysterious 'Bermuda triangle'. A cruise here will allow you to experience impressive island views as you sail in and out and upon arrival you will get to explore this picture-perfect area of stunning beaches, graceful British towns and world-class restaurants. Many cruise lines offer overnight stays in Bermuda so that guests can fully experience the true beauty of this iconic island.

 

Cruise to Bermuda

 

Explore the world over and discover exciting destinations on a world cruise. Browse and book our world cruise holidays.

More information on world cruises.

 

Related information:

Top luxury destinations you can visit by cruise.

 



By Sally Grimes


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