5 Reasons to take a cruise in 2020

1. Discover somewhere new

There are about 620,000 kms of coastline in the world making it possible to experience so many diverse and unique cities, landscapes and cultures, with many cruise lines now taking guests to places only accessible by ship. Marvel at 100-year-old glacier ice formations in the last frontier of Alaska, meet locals and learn about Asian, African, South Pacific and European cultures. Witness the unique wildlife of the Galapagos, the deep cut fjords and historically rich Scandinavian towns of northern Europe or the untouched landscapes of Antarctica.

 


2. Relax and unwind

De-stress by taking time out from the fast-paced, connected and sometimes hectic life, by switching off to rejuvenate at sea. Many cruise lines offer state-of-the-art fitness centres, onboard yoga, Pilates and meditation combined with world-class cuisine. Some even offer complete holistic wellness programs or unique experiences such as the Spa on Viking Orion which draws on the companies Nordic heritage offering hot and cold water therapies such as thermal pools, cold plunge pools, experience showers and even a snow grotto to stimulate circulation.

 


3. Cruise with your kids and the grandkids

Multi-generational holidays are becoming a new trend in travel allowing families to combine their holidays with valuable family time. Whether it be to celebrate a special occasion of a milestone birthday or wedding anniversary, or simply the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Choose to holiday with your parents, grandparents, adult children or grandchildren. Cruising provides options and activities onboard and onshore to suit a myriad of ages, tastes and interests meaning there’s something for everyone. Not sure the kids or grandkids would be interested? According to global cruise organisation CLIA, more than 66% of Generation X and 71% of Millennials have a more positive attitude towards cruising than they did two years ago*.

 


4. Discover a different style of travel

Cruising is not just about the destination, in many cases, the ship is the destination itself offering state of the art services technology and world-class cuisine. There’s a style of cruising suited for almost everyone. From 5-star luxury cruises with no children or casinos, to family-friendly, themed cruises, music festivals at sea, those specialising in gourmet cuisine or onboard entertainment with full broadway theatre and musical productions. New purpose-built expedition ships offer you opportunities to learn from onboard scientists and environmental experts whilst exploring undiscovered treasures of the Great Lakes of North America or the stark beauty of the Arctic.

 


5. Micro cruising and cruising your own backyard

Homeport cruising to and from Australia has almost doubled in the last 5 years*, meaning there are hundreds of options and styles of cruises to, from and around Australia, which means that you don't have to spend hours flying to your destination.

First-time cruiser and not convinced it's for you? Many cruise lines offer short three- to five-night itineraries offering first-time cruisers the opportunity to experience life onboard as well as experiencing inspiring destinations without having to commit to extended itineraries.

*Source: CLIA 2020 state of the industry report

 


 

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