It’s true. Cruising is becoming cool again. If you’re debating a cruise this year, here are five experiences you might want to hold out for.
Watch the World Go By on the Tallest Screen at Sea
Hurtigruten, while not a household name like Carnival or Royal Caribbean, has quite a lot going for it with its world’s first hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship and green, state-of-the-art technology. The latest innovation it boasts is the new, tallest LED screen at sea, which displays the passing views to travelers indoors. The screen faces the three all-glass elevators, spanning 10 decks with its 4K Ultra-HD visuals.
Sail Along with Underwater Views
Ponant’s Le Champlain sets sail in the Caribbean next year with a new itinerary that takes guests around Central America, including stops at Belize’s Blue Hole, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula. What really makes the experience stand out, though, is Le Champlain’s underwater Blue Eye lounge, which allows you to watch out for passing underwater sea life from cruise ship comfort.
Marvel and Star Wars Days at Sea
If you’re a Disney, Star Wars or Marvel fan, you’ll be glad to know Disney Cruise Lines is bringing back its popular Star Wars and Marvel Days at Sea, but only for limited sailings. You’ll want to book the 2020 Caribbean itineraries soon to guarantee your spot cruising alongside your favorite characters, from Darth Vader and Kylo Ren to Iron Man and Captain America.
Nearly 150 Days at Sea
If you really can’t get enough and think you’d like to spend more than a third of your year at sea, you can always book the newly announced 146-day World Cruise: Extraordinary Destinations from Seabourn. It sets sail in 2020, crosses three oceans, stops at 62 ports and visits 36 countries on five continents.
Taking Tech to the Next Level
If your main cruising complaint is it’s difficult to stay connected while you’re at sea, you’ll love the changes Princess Cruises is making over the next year. It’s dedicated to expanding its “best WiFi at sea” to more than half its fleet, so you can stream, post and text with ease. Other tech improvements the cruise line is making include a mobile app which allows you to track and chat with fellow cruisers and an app that allows you to order drinks from the ship’s bars, wherever, whenever.
The first Saturday in May is a special time of year for comic book fans all over the country. Free Comic Book Day functions exactly like it sounds. Comic book stores across the country host a day of festivities where, regardless of whether you buy anything, you can walk away with free books.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
The babymoon trend is adding to the number of women traveling while pregnant. Expecting moms often need special items to take on the road. If you plan to travel while pregnant, you may want to consider adding these products to your suitcase.
Online shopping continues to soar in popularity with more people choosing to browse an entire catalogue of options instead of making a trip to the store. It makes sense because people are busy and sometimes don’t have time to spend hours browsing a store only to buy a few outfits. When shopping online, people can buy items sporadically or fill up carts and purchase them later. Online shopping is now more than just searching on the web, it’s also swiping through an app. Apps make it easier than ever to keep up with sales, new items and trends.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
With the early days of spring behind us, the busy days of summer festivals and events will be here before you know it. Most festival favorites, like Bonnaroo, Firefly, Coachella, Lollapalooza, CMA Music Festival and Austin City Limits, have lineups already announced, early-bird pricing expired and tickets mostly sold out or close to it, but, don’t worry, there are far more unique events taking place all over the world. If not this year, at least keep them on your radar for next.