Honeymooners are Opting for the Romance, Adventure of Cruises
There are 2.5 million weddings in the United States each year, and the weddings business is a $40 billion annual industry, including the ceremony, reception, bachelor(-ette) parties and honeymoon.
Increasingly, newlyweds are opting for a cruise for a cost-effective and carefree honeymoon. About 5,000 weddings and vow renewals happen on cruises every year, and cruises now account for 15 percent of all honeymoons.
The inclusive nature of a cruise is a leading factor in the decision. A cruise provides a week of great food, pampering and entertainment for about $2,500 or less per person.
Cruises Becoming Top Choice for Multigenerational Travel
Among the hottest trends in travel is family travel, but multigenerational trips — which span three generations of a family — are quickly gaining popularity. Last year, 32 percent of vacationing U.S. grandparents took their grandchildren along.
In a recent study Preferred Hotel Group found that 40 percent of U.S. leisure travelers — about 21 million of them — took a multigenerational trip in the previous 12 months.
The study also found that nearly eight in 10 multigenerational travelers plan "milestone vacations," with half planning around a life event like a birthday, anniversary, r...
Looking for a ‘Greener’ Vacation? Try a Tall Ship Cruise
The “green” travel trend is gaining momentum. A recent Lonely Planet survey of 24,500 people found 93 percent intend to travel more responsibly in the future.
Likewise, a 2012 TripAdvisor survey found that 30 percent of respondents choose a destination because it is considered environmentally friendly.
While a growing number of resorts and hotels have green certifications, when it comes to a cruise vacation, the obvious choice for an eco-conscious consumer is a sailing vacation aboard a tall ship.
Star Clippers’ fleet includes the world’s largest and tallest sailing passenger ship...