Plan your next adventure during Cruise Month
Once a niche market, expedition and adventure cruises are increasingly in demand as more and more holidaymakers discover that small ship cruising is the best way to get off-the-beaten-track and see some of the world’s most unspoilt and remote destinations.
From waking up anchored in a secluded bay with nothing but a morning swim on the agenda to opening the curtains to a white wonderland of polar caps and the promise of penguins, expedition cruising is all about the thrill of discovering a far-flung destination.
In some cases, expedition cruises are the only way to explore certain destinations that are often difficult or impossible to access by land such as Antarctica and the Kimberley.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia and Asia Managing Director Joel Katz said expedition cruising was the next big thing in cruise.
“At the start of the year, CLIA identified expedition cruises as a sector to watch in its 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook and remote destinations such as Antarctica and the Arctic continue to surge in popularity, with cruisers of all ages making it a priority to tick these destinations off their bucket list,” Mr Katz said.
“In line with the growing trend in land-based adventure travel, immersive cruising is booming, attracting an audience of well-travelled holidaymakers who are seeking new adventures, enriching experiences and an authentic connection with their chosen destination – something that can only be achieved with small ship cruising.
“Expedition cruise itineraries often follow in the footsteps of writers, artists, scientists and naturalists as they set sail for islands inhabited by few but overflowing with natural treasures and in-tact cultures in far-flung archipelagoes such as French Polynesia’s Marquesas, the Galapagos or Papua New Guinea.
“Because of the size of the ships, there are sometimes only a few dozen or a few hundred guests sharing the experience and as with all cruising, expedition trips offer the same ease and convenience of unpacking once as some of the world’s most amazing destinations magically appear the next morning.”
To encourage more Australians and New Zealanders to dip their toe in the wonderful world of expedition cruising, cruise operators are offering value-added extras as part of the world’s largest cruise promotion – Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) annual Plan a Cruise Month.
Expedition cruise promotions available during Plan a Cruise Month include:
- Silversea is offering US$500 onboard credit per suite on any cruise booked during October for sailings in 2017, 2018 and 2019
- Ponant is offering 200 Euros of onboard credit per person for any cruises booked during October
Plan a Cruise Month takes place each October with CLIA offices around the world working with CLIA accredited agents and CLIA member cruise lines to promote cruise holidays.
For more information about Cruise Month or to find a CLIA accredited agent please visit www.cruising.org.au
About Plan a Cruise Month
Plan a Cruise Month, created by Cruise Lines International Association, the world’s largest cruise industry association, celebrates cruise travel. Throughout October, CLIA encourages travellers to learn more about cruise holidays, as well as promote cruise-focussed travel professionals as the best way to find, plan and book a cruise. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA Cruise Line Members and Agencies visit www.cruising.org.au or follow CLIA Australasia on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.