Cruising continues to be a popular way to vacation, exposing travelers to multiple destinations with the perk of only having to unpack once. Those who consider themselves “cruisers” are typically pretty loyal to cruising. In fact, 92% of travelers returning from a cruise are likely to book another one. What brings them back? One reason that surely doesn’t hurt is the exciting innovations cruise lines bring to their ships to keep them at the forefront of cruising experiences.
Bringing the Sea to You
Celebrity Cruises unveiled their new 2,900 guest Celebrity Edge ship with some incredible architectural design innovations. Many of the design features aim at breaking the barriers separating sea from ship. The ship’s standard stateroom design allows passengers to create a balcony from a floor to ceiling glass window with a push of a button, instantly lowering the top half. This feature allows passengers to be connected to the sea while giving the overall room 20% more space.
While most cruisers aboard Lindblad Expeditions are more interested in the off-site excursions that brings you up close and personal with Mother Nature, guests will be pleased to know that the 100-guest National Geographic Quest will be the first of their fleet to offer balconies on any stateroom. Now, passengers can catch a glimpse of the all-important wildlife from the comfort of their own room.
Star Clipper is offering some exclusive activities onboard their newest fleet addition, the 300-guest Flying Clipper. What could be better aboard a beautiful, classically designed ship than being able to climb the mast and enjoy unaltered views of the magnificent sea? Once you’re harnessed in and climb up to the first crow’s nest, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.
Crystal Cruises is stepping up its offered experiences aboard its new yacht, the Crystal Endeavor. This 100-guest yacht, due out next year, is the first yacht built to cruise in the Polar Regions during summer. Guests aboard can participate in the many “toys” included on the ship: 2 helicopters for flightseeing, a 7-person submarine, zodiac vessels, jet skis, snorkeling equipment, multi-person ATV, kayaks and paddleboards, just to name a few.
Competing for Space
Silversea’s Muse, which set sail in April 2017, is their largest ship to date. While still a small ship, the 596-guest vessel features some of the largest accommodations at sea, including three suite types, each measuring at more than 1,000 square feet. The vessel is hoping to attract families by offering the suites in one-bedroom or two-bedroom options, while also having connected rooms for many of its staterooms.
Also competing in the most spacious room category is Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer, recently launched in 2016. The 750-guest ship also has three suite types over 1,000 square feet, but it’s the massive two-bedroom Regent Suite at 4,443 square feet that takes your breath away. The notably luxurious suite features a heated minipool spa, two bathrooms, private spa with a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, and two balconies.
Want to learn more about these and other unique ships and their activities? Reach out to our cruise specialist Liz Matassa at LizM@PiqueTravel.com.