4 Revolutionary Cruise Industry Innovations

Zuiderdam - Day 7 032#1 “Your Time” Dining

Originally pioneered by Norwegian Cruise Line as “Freestyle Cruising,” choosing your dining time, table mates, and restaurant have become an important aspect of cruising for many guests. Almost every cruise line offers some variation of this concept, giving guests the freedom to plan their cruise down to the minute. Not only has the innovation allowed guests to plan their own schedule, but it allows guests to truly have the cruise vacation they would enjoy the most. Some families may want “family time” while sailing and would prefer to have their own table versus sharing with another family. Thanks to “your time” dining, families are able to do this. This concept of choosing where you would like to eat, when you would to eat, and with whom you would like to eat will be an important innovation for cruising for years to come.

Oasis Tour - Oct. 2012 126#2 Rock Climbing, Zip Lining, Surfing

As the old saying goes, cruising is for the newly weds and nearly dead, but not anymore. Cruising has become increasingly popular with families, children, and teens over the past few years. Cruise lines have realized that families are an important market that had been untouched for a very long time. Now, cruise lines are building many of their ships with families in mind. Cruise lines nowadays offer an outrageous array of activities for families, surfing simulators, zip lines, rock climbing walls, water parks, 4D theaters, resort style pools, arcades, and the list goes on. These new innovations and activities offer families the perfect vacation experience. Not only do they allow kids to have a great time cruising, but they allow adults some free time in the next innovation while their kids race down duel water slides.

Caribbean Princess Tour (4-27-2013) 030#3 Adult’s Only

For adults, the cruise lines haven’t forget about you. As cruise ships grow larger, the more a need for an “adult only” retreat grows larger. Many adults cruising on more family friendly cruise lines may want to escape from the noise and activity found around the ship. This is where the adult only retreat saves the day. Usually nestled on a higher deck, adult guests can relax in a multitude of padded loungers, hammocks, love seats, and even private hot tubs. Guests can also enjoy drinks from the private bar and relax in the sun without a child in sight. Many adult retreats even offer guests quick access to the spa, allowing guests to truly relieve the stress and worries of their land lives. These retreats are the perfect escape for adults who just want to get away from it all.

Dancing with the Stars: At Sea 1#4 Broadway, Comedy, and Dancing

The cruise industry has taken some flack for their “cheesy” cabaret shows in the past. This can no longer be true. Many cruise lines have recently partnered up with entertainment studios, troupes, and casting centers to bring some of the highest rated entertainment from the shores to their ships. Royal Caribbean has rolled out a variety of Broadway shows on their larger ships, including Hairspray, Chicago, and Saturday Night Fever. Norwegian has partnered with Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy, and Cirque Productions. Holland America Line has partnered with Dancing with the Stars, creating their own shipboard competition for guests. Guests choosing to sail on almost any cruise line will now be able to experience high quality, captivating, and standing ovation worthy entertainment.

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.