It’s easy to see why cruising is an attractive proposition for holiday-makers. You can explore new cultures, new countries and you’ll be able to take in the often stunning scenery as you travel between ports.

Not only that, but you’ll have all of your food accommodation and entertainment planned for you – meaning you can sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday, safe in the knowledge that everything is covered.

Worldwide numbers are on the increase

In the past decade alone, cruising holidays have seen a 70% increase in popularity. This is an extraordinary rise, and it means that 22 million passengers across the globe are now opting for a cruise holiday. Perhaps it’s the versatility and inclusive nature of a cruise holiday that makes it so popular? It’s certainly a refreshing change from the standard hotel package holiday. As more and more luxury providers enter the marketplace to offer river cruising holidays, it’s clear that we will continue to see the trend for non-traditional getaways continue.

It’s still a new market

Although the 70% figure that’s mentioned above represents significant growth for the industry, it is still a small proportion of the global market – meaning there’s plenty of room for the cruising industry to expand.  By 2019, Cruise Market Watch anticipates that over 25.3million passengers will embark on a cruising holiday. With over 17,000 new cruise ships expected to be built in 2017, this should make cruise holidays more readily available and reduce the costs of such getaway breaks.

It’s great for families

Perhaps one of the biggest stereotypes around cruising holidays is that they are designed mainly for the older generations. Now, however, this could not be further from the truth. Cruising is becoming an increasingly popular option for younger couples and those with families, with a wide range of entertainment options to suit the needs of your whole family.

Most cruise ships have entertainment going on throughout the day, and this usually lasts well into the evening. Many also have swimming pools on board, equipped with slides, wave machines and other fun features, so you’ll never be short of options when you’re travelling between destinations or taking time out of your busy itinerary to spend time with your loved ones.

The future

The future for air travel remains uncertain. The BBC predicted that, if we chose to leave the European Union, airfares could rise because we could be forced out of the aviation single market. The full impact of Brexit remains to be seen, but if this change does come into play, then air passengers across the United Kingdom could begin to search for more affordable holidays, allowing cruising to take centre stage and become the number one holiday package for consumers.

It’s clear that more and more individuals are looking to cruising for their next getaway. Take time out to consider whether a cruise would be right for you, as you may find that setting out of your comfort zone will allow you to enjoy an exciting holiday that is packed with adventure.