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New Report Shows Most Popular Aspects of Cruise Industry



New data from CruiseCompete for November 2019 shows the cruise industry continues to thrive.

The CruiseTrends report provides information on the most popular cruise trends among consumers, including the most requested cruise ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising.

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The CruiseCompete data ranked the most popular cruise lines based on the total number of quote requests, with Royal Caribbean International topping the Premium/Contemporary category, Oceania Cruises ranking as the top Luxury brand and Viking River Cruises rated as the top River Cruises brand.

As for the most popular cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the Mississippi topped their categories, respectively.

The data also ranked the most popular cruise regions, including the Caribbean for the Premium category, Europe for the Luxury category and Europe for the River category. North America and the Mediterranean were also highly ranked.

The data also provided information on the most popular departure ports, ports visited, countries visited and cabin types. Other data available at the November 2019 CruiseTrends report include the number of cabins requested, the most popular cruise itinerary lengths, travel insurance requested and cruise line past passenger status requested.

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European Waterways Barge Cruises Are Ideal for Family Vacations



European Waterways offers the perfect solution to socially distant family travel in Europe.

As the coronavirus pandemic begins to wane and countries begin to reopen their borders to international travelers, families are expected to look to travel to reconnect with one another, and European Waterways is ready for the surge, offering the ideal opportunity for families to explore on private, chartered river barges.

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Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways, says that he is already observing increasing interest.

This isn’t surprising seeing as how these vessels offer ideal accommodations for families, with room for anywhere between six and 20 passengers. Guests can cruise Europe’s canals and smaller waterways as well as the less-populated countryside.

“Cruising with European Waterways has always been about taking ‘the path less traveled,’ so much of our outdoor activities already take our guests away from crowded tourist attractions to the more exclusive, less populated settings,” said Banks. “Until travel returns to normal, we are further committed to providing a safe and healthy onboard environment for our guests, with pre-cruise checks for all on-board and the implementation of more stringent cleaning procedures, among other policies.”

Social distancing will likely be the norm for a while in Europe and around the world, and these barges offer the chance to enjoy scenery while still remaining safe.

For the most part, meals are served on board by the master chef and cruises feature exclusive private tours of castles, aristocratic estates and vineyards, plus other excursions, tailored to avoid the crowds.

L’Art de Vivre is the ideal barge for a family vacation. The eight-passenger vessel once carried supplies during World War One. Now, the boat has been completely modernized and cruises the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy, France.

Family-friendly excursions include a visit to the Caves of Arcy-sur-Cure, which features some of the oldest cave paintings in the world, a medieval castle under construction using traditional methods at the Chateau Guedelon; the age of the dinosaurs in Cardo Land; and the fun and wildly eclectic artwork on display at the Fabuloserie Art and Sculpture Museum.

Family charters can also incorporate activities such as tennis, ice-skating and mini-golf as well as kayaking, quad biking and horseback riding.

European Waterways’ Family Charters are available throughout France, the U.K., Ireland, Scotland and Italy.

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