The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) reports that there has been a steady increase in the demand for both luxury cruises and river boat cruising. Advantages of both types of cruises include: smaller boats (much less waiting in line), more personalized service and easier access to city centers.
According to Travel Mole, the growth of the luxury cruise and river cruise markets has a lot to do with the changing demographics of passengers. “While the primary market for luxury and river cruises is and will continue to be the experienced traveler, the lines report increased numbers of younger guests, in one case a drop in the median passenger age from 60 to 45 in the last ten years.”
As luxury and river cruises have become more popular – a wide variety of destinations have been added, including smaller ports in the Caribbean, Europe and countries like Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan and India. However, tour operators report that Europe (more specifically, the Mediterranean) remain the most common luxury cruise and river cruise destinations.
But as people continue to flock to luxury cruises and river cruises, areas in the Baltic, Russia, Central Europe, South America, the Middle East, the Holy Land and Asia are quickly increasing in popularity and seeing a steady growth.
A few of us at Tripsidoo will be jetting off on our own river cruise in the coming weeks – so we’ll let you know what we thought of our first luxury river cruise experience.