River cruising, exotic ports and learning options
Cruise holidays remain hugely popular, and in 2013 there are a number of trends to look ahead to. For example, river cruising is booming, with replicas of colonial river steamers plying the Mekong and the Irrawaddy in Asia and the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio in the US, while rivers in Europe provide the biggest market. Also Egypt has reopened part of the Nile between Luxor and Cairo.
Another cruise trend is exotic ports. Big ships now call at places like Canakkale in Turkey to visit ancient Troy; La Spezia in Italy, close to the Cinque Terre region; and the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
However, today’s large ships offer such a variety of on-board activities that the ships themselves have become the destinations, not just the transportation.
Other cruise trends include more overnights in port to enjoy attractive cities such as Venice, Mumbai and St Petersburg; family-friendly ships and multigenerational travellers; more cruises reaching out to single passengers; better quality food, healthier food and even fine dining; and specialist cruises providing learning opportunities in fields as varied as acting, filmmaking cooking, history, art, computing and learning the piano.
[pictured: Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fun Ship 2.0]