A record number of Brits took a cruise holiday in 2016, with 1.9 million travellers from the UK and Ireland taking to the seas and rivers of the world. This shows an increase of 120,000 cruise passengers compared to 2015.
The Mediterranean proved to be the destination of choice amongst holidaymakers, attracting 676,000 sun-seekers last year. This number is up 4,000 on 2015, while the number of people deciding to fly to the area for their cruise dropped (458,000 in 2016 compared to 482,000 in 2015), showing an increase in no-fly cruising.
Despite Germany leading the league table of European cruise passengers with two million each year, it falls behind the UK which has 27% of every thousand people in the UK taking a cruise.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), who released the data, also pointed to a better year for luxury cruise lines. The likes of Silversea, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Crystal Cruises all surpassed the 2012 record of 28,450 passengers by entertaining 29,000 people aboard their ships.
Luxury cruise lines
When you are on a cruise holiday you want to be able to explore, discover and enjoy. But while you are on the ship you deserve to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
Moving well beyond their ancestors, which simply transported people from A to B, luxury cruise lines offer all of the luxuries you could possibly dream of and some are even creating technology you didn’t know existed.
The success amongst the luxury cruise lines coincides with advances in technology being made by these companies and none more so than Celebrity Cruises.
The new Celebrity Edge will change the cruise holiday experience beyond compare, thanks in no small part to the Magic Carpet.
Reaching a height of 13 storeys above sea level, passengers will be able to sit in total comfort with a bar and space for live music.
The ship also includes a rooftop garden, jogging track and an adult-only Solarium on The Resort Deck. For ultimate luxury, The Retreat provides a private indoor and outdoor space for the Suite Class passengers to soak up the sun.
Available 24/7, you can relax in the hot tub, top up your tan on the stylish furniture or swim in the full-sized pool - all while being catered for by private Pool Butlers.
Quantum of the Seas
Before the introduction of the Celebrity Edge ship, the Quantum of the Seas was regarded as the most high-tech liner on the ocean.
There is a wide array of state-of-the-art features aboard the Royal Caribbean ship, including the Bionic Bar – where two robotic arms mix up custom cocktails at your request.
Elsewhere, passengers can enjoy Virtual Balconies which bring exterior views to interior staterooms courtesy of extra-large digital displays, a skydiving simulator and the stunning North Star - a viewing pod that allows you to gain a 360-degree view of the stars.
Cruise holidays offer ultimate relaxation and comfort for people hoping to explore the world and while the current ships offer state-of-the-art facilities and technology, these advancements are only going to enhance the passenger experience.