Rise of the World Cruise
Embarking on a cruise is a great way to see some of the world's most famous cities, iconic landmarks and sites of significant interest. 44% of the world's population live within 150km of the sea, meaning it is not only easy to visit the sites of the world but also easy to embark via your nearest port. Embarking on a world cruise, however, is a whole different ball game.
The world voyage itinerary is regarded as the pinnacle of each cruise line and many operators have opted to dedicate just one single ship to this journey in recent years. It's an absolute dream for many people to travel the world and travelling the world via a cruise ship will allow you to effortlessly glide from one destination to the next whilst you relax in contemporary and luxury surroundings. More recently, however, passengers have been less than forthcoming with world cruises and this has perhaps been due to increasing costs and spending a significant time away from home.
As the British economy reaches a healthier state and cruise lines are deciding to add more and more new ships to their fleet, it would seem the market for world cruises is a growing one. With the cruise market continuing to grow as a whole and the number of ports around the world (which currently stands at over 2,000) forever increasing - the next few years are likely to see a boom for world voyages.
Around the World
Many cruise lines have revamped their world voyage itineraries for 2016, with many new routes, destinations and excursions to experience. Additionally, providers such as Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises have all made the decision to introduce two different world cruises over the next few years.
As part of Cunard's 175th anniversary, all three of their ships Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2, will be embarking on world cruise itineraries. P&O Cruises will be operating two ships, Arcadia and Aurora, on alternative itineraries around the world and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be operating shorter journeys to Africa and the Indian Ocean; in addition to a world cruise on board Black Watch.
All three of these cruise lines will be embarking from Southampton, making it easier than ever for UK passengers to embark on a world cruise. Outside of North America, the UK has the largest number of cruise passengers per nation in the world and with more cruise ships deciding to embark from the British Isles, this would suggest the British market will continue to grow.
Outside of the UK, Oceania Cruises will be operating back to back 180-day world cruises from Miami - one of the longest cruises available in the market.
Cruise trends suggest passengers prefer more time in each port and being able to leave a ship at a selected destination, such as one in Australia, will allow passengers the option to visit family members down under without the hassle of travelling by plane.
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