Travelers either love cruises or they hate them. There
doesn’t seem to be much in between. And the travelers who love cruising, prefer
to travel that way whenever possible. This has led to a lot of new and
interesting cruises emerging as companies push the envelope to keep that
One of the most popular new trends is the idea of river
cruising. Skip the giant 2,000 passenger ships and hop on a river boat like the
fleet Viking River Cruises operates. Viking is the leader when it comes to
river cruises and continues to come up with new destinations and routes. Want
to explore France’s wine country by boat – there is even a river cruise
available in Bordeaux now!
Big cruise ships hit the popular Croatian ports in Dubrovnik
and Split, but Croatia has some smaller islands absolutely worth exploring.
Check out the Katarina Line that offers one of the best deals you will find for
small ship cruising. With a tiny fleet of small ships (think 28-30 passengers),
you can explore northern islands like Krk and Rab that the big cruise ships
Regular cruisers are likely familiar with the all-inclusive
luxury cruises Paul Gauguin offers out of French Polynesia, but they have
recently started expanding and offer a number of cruises in new destinations,
including Europe. With a small ship capacity of around 300-400, Paul Gauguin is
no longer just the best cruise line in the South Pacific.
If you haven’t heard the term repositioning cruise, it’s
when a company is moving a ship from one seasonal route to the next port it
will operate out of. These are typically much cheaper cruises, and may include
a number of days at sea, but many repositioning cruises offer travelers a
chance to experience higher-end amenities and routes for a fraction of the
The idea of luxury cruising is definitely taking hold in
Asia. Several cruise lines have added ships and routes to some exotic locales
in the Orient. Look for cruises that include stops in China, Singapore, Tokyo
Believe it or not, Disney cruises aren’t just for kids. Just
as Disney has introduced a special division for adventurous vacation packages
called “Adventures by Disney”, Disney continues to add new ports. Typically
known for 3, 4, and 7 day cruises out of Florida to Disney’s private Castaway
Cay in the Bahamas, Disney is branching out and offering a number of new
destinations. Just recently, Disney announced new itineraries for 2015
including an 11-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland cruise.
Which cruise style appeals to you the most?
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Erin is a travel and food writer who currently splits her time between the Netherlands and Belize. She's traveled to 60+ countries on 5 continents with a passion for culinary travel, luxury hotels, and all things Disney. Her writing has appeared in numerous online outlets including Gadling, BootsnAll, CNN, Art of Backpacking, TravBuddy, CBS, and more. She was the major author of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize 2013; wrote the official AFAR Guide to Belize; and is also AFAR Magazine's local Belize expert.. In addition to writing for other publications, Erin maintains several blogs, Our Tasty Travels, No Checked Bags, Pooh's Travels, and the brand new Caye To Belize. Follow Erin on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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