By Reg de Livera
What Cruisers seek most
In terms of taking a holiday on a cruise ship travellers seek a more immersive type of cruise holiday nowadays. More time at ports means more time to immerse and understand the culture of a location. Port visits to unique destinations allow the passenger to enjoy and interact with local people and in essence experience their culture.
Travellers will make the most of a cruise if the provider is more innovative in their planning and implementation procedures. Stopping at multiple destinations for a couple of days will draw the attention of travellers seeking to enjoy a cruise that provides such a service.
Sri Lanka among other destinations in Asia is where cruise liners have missed out on the opportunities available for guests to enjoy a 2 to 3 days stopover. From an Industry perspective cruise organisers should look for these opportunities beyond Europe, USA, Canada, and the Americas.
Recognising this trend for stop overs is important and acting on it is crucial. Cruising companies should take heed of traveller expectations and include new itineraries with onshore 2 to 3 day stopovers that enable destination immersions in multiple destinations. Culinary experiences, short adventure tours included in cruise itineraries will bring more fun and happiness to cruisers.
Passengers do seek options in cruising itineraries. Scenic destinations, services to the South Pole, trips to fjords in Norway and South Islands of New Zealand and jet trips to the South Pole allowing passengers to stand at the South Pole marker are once in a lifetime experiences that passengers will seek as options in an itinerary. Similarly wildlife experiences, cultural experiences, ancient cities explorations in Sri Lanka are opportunities cruisers will not like to miss.
Cruising itineraries should also respond to consumer awareness of sustainable tourism. Implementing environmentally friendly technology and programs that involve more destination visits that benefit economically and culturally. These are programs that will reduce CO2 emissions considerably. Conscious travel and awareness of sustainable tourism is the way to go in these times of climate change.
It is a fact that cruise bookings are very strong for 2020 and some cruise liners have taken bookings beyond 2020 and up to 2022. These are very good signs facing the cruising industry. It solidifies the fact that the cruising industry is very popular among travellers. Lets hope this trend continues for a long period of time.
Travel to Sri Lanka for your next holiday. An opportunity you will not like to miss. Culture, wildlife, camping, trekking, adventure, Ancient cities, Heritage listed cites, beautiful beaches, wildlife, golden palm fringed beaches and friendly and hospitable Sri Lankans will make your holiday worthwhile.
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