Cruise Lines are pulling out all the stops as they try to deliver a cutting-edge cruise experience and cater for people of all ages and background, spending billions in the process. In the fiercely competitive cruise market, operators are constantly trying new things to get one step ahead of their rivals. Here are 5 recent Innovations you can expect to find across cruise liners worldwide.
With an increasing amount of Hollywood’s most recent blockbusters being presented in the 3D form, cruise operators have taken the step to provide passengers with the opportunity watch their favorite film in 3D on board. However, Costa Cruises have gone that extra mile – installing a 4D cinema on board their Costa Deliziosa! Cruisers enjoying the 4D experience can expect special effects, eye popping visuals, water sprays and vibrating seats!
Themed Cruises are a developing market with many different categories being implemented into a passenger’s voyage. They combine general ship facilities with the cruiser’s personal interests and hobbies to provide the ultimate experience. Themed Cruises tend to have little to no impact on the daily running of the ship, with specific rooms and areas being designated. Fred Olsen offer around 30 different Themes, ranging from Archaeology to Comedy, with many hands-on activities and experiences available on board. Why not discover the secrets of original French cookery directly from French master chefs on board a Regent Seven Seas cruise? Detailed workshops are provided by award-winning chefs in addition to visits to local markets to learn more about the ingredients used in making world-renowned dishes. Information Technology themed voyages are also great and cater for all levels of capability.
Revolutionary Bars & Clubs
The nightclubs on board cruise ships have taken note of their land-based rivals themed and revolutionary ideas and followed suit. Cunard’s Queen Mary II ship offers cruisers the opportunity to sit back with a fine Cuban Cigar and a glass of cognac in the Churchill Cigar Lounge, whereas NCL have installed the only ice-bar at sea on its Norwegian Epic. Guests slip into a fur coat and enjoy a drink in the Svedka Ice Bar, inspired by the original ice hotels across Scandinavia!
With an increasing number of cruisers looking for action-packed getaways, Royal Caribbean have taken the step to give passengers the chance to show off their surfing skills at the Flowrider, a purpose built, man-made wave machine on its Oasis & Freedom of the Seas! Taking into consideration that hitting golf balls into the sea is no longer allowed, cruisers traveling on board Princess Cruises can tee off at St Andrews or Pinehurst with the revolutionary high tech, computerized golf simulators.
For those of you contemplating going on a cruise on your own, a number of cruise lines have options that allow you to keep costs down and still enjoy the biggest and best ships in the world. NCL understands the need for the socialization and entertainment associated with solo cruising. With their new singles cabins and numerous lounges for interaction with other guests, singles cruising has been taken to a new level. P&O and Holland America Line also have cabins dedicated to solo cruisers with no extra supplements and Silversea Cruises offer special fare deals for solo travelers, so you have a substantial amount of choices available to you.