Seven destinations to look out for in 2015
The new year presents many opportunities for cruise-goers in the new year and the industry is undoubtedly set for another year of growth. Going into 2015; it is good to know the locations where certain events may be occurring throughout the year and so we at Cruise Franchise have devised a list of locations to keep an eye open for in 2015.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates exerts luxury and whilst Dubai is already immensely popular; sister city, Abu Dhabi, is not far behind. 2015 will see this nation rise even further in popularity alongside Dubai; making the United Arab Emirates one of the most popular tourist locations in the world next year. Admire the city's towering skyscrapers mixed with strong Arab culture and heritage reflected through buildings such as the Sheikh Zayed Mosque - the 6th largest in the world.
Restrictions that were in place with regard to alcohol and the selling of land have been relaxed and it is now possible to find a selection of bars across the city. After the selling of land was relaxed, the city became an international hub for investment and tourism reflected through exuberant luxury. There are also plenty of opportunities to relax; either by one of the beaches of in one of the parks. If you want to try something different... Why not witness a camel race with a dedicated race track and paddocks.
Australia and New Zealand
Perhaps thanks in part to the recent Lords of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies which showcased the area's fine and stunning natural elements; New Zealand and Australia have seen a sharp rise in visitors in recent years. The two nations do offer completely different experiences; with Australia featuring exotic animals from kangaroos to koala bears and exotic snakes - whilst New Zealand offers sublime, natural beauty unparalleled to anywhere else in the world.
Many cruise itineraries offer travellers the chance to visit both nations and experience a fine mix of culture, environment and wildlife. Australia has a strong focus on bustling cities and is one of the most urbanised places on earth, but with natural features like Ayers Rock and the Blue Mountain Range of New South Wales in addition to gorgeous beaches which present surfing opportunities - there really is something for everyone. New Zealand also has much to offer, with bustling metropolitan centres such as Auckland and Wellington; whilst Queenstown provides adrenaline based opportunities such as bungee jumping, and Rotorua holds a world of Maori culture.
What can be more exciting than the finest collection of beer, chocolate and waffles mixed with cobbled streets, Grand Place Square and intriguing culture? The unveiling of the sea of colour and vibrancy that is the enormous, Giant Flower Carpet that covers the Grand Place Square in Brussels every year makes for a must-visit event. The carpet will be assembled on 14th August before being laid on full display between 15-17 August and this stunning work of art is well worth a visit.
The carpet pays tribute to the 220,000 Turkish citizens who migrated after a pact was made between the two nations and has featured in the Grand Place Square since 1971. 750,000 begonia flowers are used to make the carpet; so it comes as no surprise that Belgium is the largest producer, with 60 million cultivated every year.
Situated 90 miles south of Cuba; the Cayman Islands provide gorgeous white sand beaches and seas filled with underwater reefs. It may be easy to think of the Cayman Islands as merely a tax haven, but admire everything the Cayman Islands have to offer and you won't be disappointed.
This fantastic set of islands provide idyllic tranquility for all who visit; whilst those willing to dig a little deeper will be able to enjoy activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving in the crystal clear waters. Mix these features with a fine landscape that boasts picturesque settings and you will fall in love with this gorgeous Caribbean island.
Often visited en-route towards Iceland; these small islands offer much in the way of natural beauty and heritage, but 2015 marks a very special occasion for the archipelago nation. The last solar eclipse viewable within Northern Europe will occur on 20th March next year and is best viewable from either the Faroe Islands of Northern-most Norway. A range of cruises have taken this into account including Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Hurtigruten; both of which will be offering dedicated itineraries to provide the best possible views of this natural phenomena.
Solar Eclipses can happen on earth because although the moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, it is also roughly 400 times closer to the earth. This means that the disc shape of the moon can obscure that of the sun. Considering the next Solar Eclipse after this to be viewable in Northern Europe won't be until 2081; this really is likely to be a once in a lifetime experience.
One of the smallest nations on earth has so much to offer for all who visit in the form of stunning architecture, grand casinos and hotels, a marvellous marina and, of course, the Formula One, Grand Prix race. There are a variety of cruises that can take travellers right to the heart of the action in 2015 including with Pullmantur and Star Clippers' wind sail ships.
Lewis Hamilton may have just won the 2014 Formula One World Championship, but talk about the 2015 Championship is already underway and cruisers can not be taken directly to the action via the marina. The Monaco Grand Prix, Formula One race will be held on May 24th in 2015.
River Cruises in Asia
Asian rivers including the Mekong, Irrawaddy and Yangtze are all set to increase in popularity of the coming year - with a variety of river cruises on offer. AmaWaterways provide river cruise itineraries throughout Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam and Cambodia and provide wonderful insight into bustling city centres; vibrant and colourful markets; and mesmerising pagodas.
We predict an increase in popularity and therefore and increase in the number of Asian river cruise itineraries over the next year.
Wherever the wind takes cruise-goers in 2015; Cruise Franchise will provide guidance and assistance throughout the year in addition to knowledge which can be relayed back to your customers. Want to try something new in 2015? Why not take the leap and become a GoCruise Franchisee? Our dedicated team will answer any questions you may have.