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.
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...
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...