Cruise industry adapts to offer something for every passenger

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Cruising is as popular as it has ever been, with 27.2 million people expected to set sail by the end of the year, according to a cruise industry trade organization. That’s an increase of nearly 10 million people since 2009, when 17.8 million passengers embarked.

As the industry grows, cruise lines are finding new ways to appeal to passengers of all ages, with better technology, more exciting destinations and adventures, trendy entertainment (a floating escape room, anyone?), health-centric themes and more.

“There’s a cruise for everyone and there’s something on every cruise for everyone,” says Megan King, senior vice president, global strategic communications and research at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). King and two other cruise experts weighed in on what’s trending now in the world of cruises. Here’s what’s new:

Reaching remote places

Cruises are making it easy to visit places that can be challenging for travelers. Expeditions to hard-to-reach places are big draws to cruising, says Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor with Cruise Critic, a review site and online community.

“They’re taking passengers to places like Western Australia and the Kimberley and western Greenland — which you don’t know you want to go there, but you want to go there,” McDaniel says.

King adds that she’s seeing lots of people cruise to places such as the Antarctic, the Galápagos Islands, Cuba and other off-the-beaten path locales.

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