2015 is the year of the cruise writes Andy Harmer, UK and Ireland Director of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
I’m really excited about this year as there’s just so much happening. Amazing new destinations have been introduced into cruise itineraries and we’ll see new ships being launched from spring onwards. In my view, there’s never been a better time to choose a cruise holiday to satisfy your wanderlust and with so much on offer, I thought I’d provide a roundup of why 2015 is the year of cruise.
There are seven new ocean ships being launched and more than 25 river vessels across the world’s waterways. Two of these ships will launch this spring – P&O Cruises’ 141,000-ton modern classic Britannia, and Royal Caribbean’s ultra-hi-tech Anthem of the Seas – both will sail from Southampton. Firmly placing the passenger’s experience at front of mind, these new ships are great examples of the innovation that is taking place in the industry. Technology, dining, entertainment and design are all aspects that are continuing to grow and astounding passengers across the globe.
What is even more interesting this year is the increased focus on ships sailing from the UK. We have witnessed tremendous growth over the last few years in people choosing to begin their holiday from a UK port and with up to 20 regional departure ports, there must be one pretty near to you.
I recently attended a consumer cruise show where I met lots of people who hadn’t yet tried a cruise holiday. It was really interesting to listen to the misconceptions they had about cruising with many people thinking that all cruise holidays are the same. This thought could not be further from the truth.
You can read more about why 2015 is the year of the cruise in the February / March 2015 issue which is available now. If you aren’t a subscriber then click here to sign up here. You can also find back issues available here.