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There’s an APP For That; There’s Also a Cruise For That

Written by: Kuki

Just as in the world of communications and technology the world of cruising has advanced in many ways over the last several years as well.
There was a time, perhaps half a decade ago, that I began to think there were more similarities between cruise lines and ships than there were differences. That’s all changed of late, and quite dramatically.
Today there really does seem to be a cruise for just about everybody. The largest growing segment of the cruise market, and those marketed the most heavily, are those which appeal to families, as well as multi-generational families.
The mass market cruise lines have all enhanced their children’s and teen’s facilities and amenities to compete with any single destination vacations available. But even within that market, the cruise lines have been developing their own unique options and programs to set themselves apart from their competition. The latest such innovation was when Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced their affiliation with Nickelodeon.
But even within that family market the various cruise lines are doing things to set them apart. Carnival Cruise Line’s most recent addition, on their newest ship, the Carnival Dream, is a comedy club, featuring about 5 different comic shows nightly; some aimed at families, and more late night shows aimed only for the adults. On their newest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean has added a zip-line to the previously existing skating rinks and Flowriders that graced some of their older ships. Celebrity Cruise Line recently announced the Ilounge which will debut on their soon to sail Eclipse; where passengers will be able to learn to use and make the most of all things Mac and Apple.
For several years the cruise lines have been adding more alternate dining options for those passengers interested in fine dining experiences; a step up from the normal dining room fare. Princess cruise line, and now Carnival are taking the call for a gourmet dining experience further with the introduction of Chef’s Tables on some of their ships. Further, many of the cruise lines are aligning themselves with prominently known, or “celebrity chefs” to advance the dining experience.

Beside the attention to more culinary options, there’s a broad movement by the cruise lines to expand their horizons by introducing many more exotic itineraries, far beyond the traditional Europe, Baltic, Mediterranean, Alaska and Caribbean. Guests may visit nearly any local in the world by cruise ship today, without too much difficulty; where before you may find only a few voyages a year to some locales, you now have many more options.

While the new MEGA MEGA ships, like Oasis of the Seas, and Norwegian Epic have been grabbing the headlines, River Cruising, on much smaller ships, has been growing exponentially, in both the numbers of ships and itineraries available, as wel as popularity, and the choices of areas available to visit.

This year several of the luxury lines have floated out ships somewhat larger than what was their norm, going from 300 to around 700 passengers. This has enabled them to add new amenities for their passengers, as well as ad quite an expanded variety of entertainment, including many world renowned enrichment lecturers, and many new themed specialty cruise, including Food and Wine cruises, well known actors offering seminars and discussions on the Theatre, as well as political experts, historians, or even special golf instruction.

Today you just have to think about what type of activities or lifestyle you’d be interested in on a cruise, and with research you can find them to specifically match what you’re looking for.

There are affinity groups of almost every sort sailing on specifically targeted Theme Cruises, on some ships, somewhere, throughout the year. There’s cruises for everything; from Goth to Oldies& Goodies, to Rock and Roll, to Jazz or Opera and Classical music themed cruises. There’s cruising directly aimed at Historians, with lecturers to delving into the history of the areas you’re visiting, and there’s Cougar cruises as well as a multitude of Singles Cruises to choose from. There are Quilting Cruises, Mahjongg cruises, Bridge Cruises, Poker Cruises, and high stakes Slot and Blackjack cruises.

If you can think of a theme or topic of interest there’s now likely a cruise to enjoy it on.

Now, more than ever, the key to success in finding a cruise that is exactly what you’re looking for is to use a well trained, well educated, and experienced Cruise Travel Agent. While a quick Google search may find you results for a particular cruise of interest, it certainly won’t find you the expertise of a good Cruise Travel Agent.

- A View From the Kuki Side of Cruising -

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

Comment from Mike M
Time February 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm

“There are affinity groups of almost every sort sailing on specifically targeted Theme Cruises, on some ships, somewhere, throughout the year. There’s cruises for everything; from Goth to Oldies& Goodies, to Rock and Roll, to Jazz or Opera and Classical music themed cruises. There’s cruising directly aimed at Historians, with lecturers to delving into the history of the areas you’re visiting, and there’s Cougar cruises as well as a multitude of Singles Cruises to choose from. There are Quilting Cruises, Mahjong’s cruises, Bridge Cruises, Poker Cruises, and high stakes Slot and Blackjack cruises.”

Kuki: You forgot the Nude Cruises, Cougar Cruises and Swingers Cruises. :)

Yep: There is a cruise and ship for just about anyone.

Take care,
Mike

Comment from Kenneth Eden
Time December 20, 2010 at 7:13 am

Themed cruises, be they nude, gay, music, gourmet, wine, bridge, religiuos, fashion, AVON, Amway, and Mary Kay and a host of othes have been sailing for decades.

Most of the really big themed cruises are through full ship charters. One should be aware, however, that a full ship charter may well see the charterer select the menus and food quality, and even the entertainment. The chartered ship may not be as good as a cruise on the ship by the actual cruise line, so beware.

Cougars, that should send shivers down the spine of a young male crew member.

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