Cruise holidays have traditionally had a reputation of something that old people would book, but a growing number of Millennials and Generation Z-ers are booking cruises. Here's why.
Having to pay the entire cruise holiday upfront makes it easier to budget and it takes away any financial surprises during the trip. A cruise holiday includes accommodation, meals, excursions and even tips. This makes it a relatively economical way to holiday and for the real bargain hunters there are some great deals out there especially during the hurricane seasons as fewer people will want to book.
Cruising is a great way to visit multiple destinations and even different countries in one holiday. What other type of holiday will let you visit the USA, Jamaica, Mexico and the Cayman Islands in one week?
Generation Z and Millennials are busy people, so time to plan a holiday will cost even more time. While these generations are also inclined to seek the advice of a travel agent to book their holidays, they’re finding booking a cruise makes their holiday planning a whole lot easier as well. Like an all-inclusive holiday, pretty much everything is taken care of during a cruise and all you need to worry about is when to queue for food and what to do on shore.
Cruise liners are making an effort to shift their demographics by making their ships cooler. They're adding destinations to their itineraries that offer more adventurous experiences and attractions that appeal to a younger demographic. Think of shore excursions with the possibility for volunteering, or ones that offer cultural enrichment and, on the more adventurous front, programs like mountain kayaking or dancing the night away on a private beach.
The newest ships come equipped with lots of fun on-board activities like surfing, go-karting and ice skating, to sushi making and wine tasting workshops. The cruise companies are also upgrading their tech to lure in younger people. Royal Caribbean has launched its Allure of the Seas which features some high-tech check in software and also comes equipped with super fast WiFi connections. They even have robot bartenders mixing things up at the bar.