Get involved in the most exciting cruise trends for 2018

With cruise lines sailing to some of the most remote locations on earth, it can be overwhelming deciding which route is right. Cruise experts, the London Cruise Show aim to connect cruise enthusiasts with their perfect cruise. From health and wellness cruises in the Mediterranean, to exploring Cuba or the fjords of Alaska, there has never been a better time to jump on board with the upcoming cruise trends for 2018. At the London Cruise Show, visitors can meet with some of the top names in the industry to pin down the perfect cruise for them. On 18th and 19th February 2018, Europe’s largest cruise show is returning to London, bringing together the best specialist operators and holiday providers all under one roof. From only £6 per ticket, visitors to the show can come face to face with the experts. 

Adventure travel takes the cruising world by storm – adventure travel has grown 65 per cent in the last five years, according to the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and we’re now seeing this trend seep into cruise’s plush corner of the travel industry. However, expedition cruising still retains the luxury element, so less backpacks and hostels and more five-star dining with a side of adventure. For those who love nature and wildlife and are itching to really discover the destination they’re visiting, expedition cruises allow for more niche, experiential excursions such as hiking, kayaking, and personal encounters with locals. London Cruise Show exhibitor, Oceania Cruises, offers an adventure into the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska, where guests have the opportunity to experience dog sledding near Juneau, visit the Heritage Centre in Noonah where native Tlingit culture comes alive through song and dance, and cruise through glorious Hubbard Glacier. 

Explore Cuba’s hidden gems with Azamara Club Cruises – as well as the desire to explore a destination more thoroughly, travellers are also leaning towards a more authentic experience to really immerse themselves in the destination. Few destinations offer this niche better than the Caribbean idyll of Cuba; steeped in history and culture and bursting at the seams with vibrant music and salsa dancing. Azamara Club Cruises’ Cuba itineraries feature ports of call in Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Santiago de Cuba, home to the best musicians on the island. Cruises can experience Cuba’s vibrant Latin scene, salsa clubs and of course some local rum. To provide travellers with a truly immersive experience, Azamara Club Cruisers has created a variety of shore excursions which offer guests the chance to explore the country from sunrise to sundown, including a visit to the open air cabaret, Tropicana, a Nelson Dominguez art gallery tour, and the opportunity to discover Havana by classic car. 

Health and wellness with Regent Seven Seas – Health and wellness is becoming increasingly popular and not only in terms of spa facilities but more generally as people are more inclined to lead a heathier lifestyle. Regent Seven Seas Cruises offer guests the opportunity to indulge in the cruise lines new holistic wellness program on their Mediterranean voyages on-board Seven Seas Voyager. The small-group experiences include activities such as yoga, tai chi, walks, perfume blending, visits to local spas and even laughter therapy. Many are held in memorable locations that have spectacular views or a link to history. Some fantastic wellness offerings include European spas, thermal swimming pools and natural ponds where guests can feel rejuvenated as they apply skin-softening black mud. Destination highlights include relaxing in France, Spain and the Mediterranean coast under the sun. 

See some of the world’s most exotic destinations and cruise with ease from the UK –  cruise holidays are a fantastic way to reach far flung and exotic destinations, and with a number of cruise lines offering UK departure points, travellers can enjoy the convenience of not needing to step foot on a plane to get there. With such excellent transport links in the UK to all British ports it’s becoming an even more popular and convenient option. Not only do UK departures cut out the hassle of flying and mean no luggage restrictions, but they also mean holidaymakers can start their holiday much sooner than if they were travelling further afield. UK departures are well and truly on the rise, with a number of cruise lines announcing new UK based cruise ships offering customers a more cost effective option by cutting out the cost of flights for the whole family. 

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The Cruise Show, Europe’s largest exhibition focussed on the cruise industry, returns to London in February to shows the best of luxury travel by sea and river to destinations. However adventurous the imagination, there’s a cruise for everyone at the London Cruise Show. The London Cruise Show is organised by upper Street Events. 

Upper Street Events ltd. is a leading UK-based consumer-focused events company. Upper Street Events currently owns and runs 19 ongoing annual events. These premium events run across the UK and Ireland – including London, Birmingham, Glasgow &Dublin, attracting over 400,000 visitors annually.