All-inclusive sailings, family trips, combination holidays and themed cruises are among the top trends for 2024, according to Iglu Cruise.
The cruise travel agency has shared its predictions for the year ahead, based on booking patterns and customer insights.
Travellers are opting for all-inclusive sailings, particularly where no tipping is required. Multi-generational trips during the school holidays are also gaining traction, with more family cabins becoming available.
Demand for combination holidays has led to Iglu Cruise’s new ‘spice route’ voyage from Mumbai to Sri Lanka and Singapore with an eight-night India’s Tigers & Golden Triangle land tour.
Next year will see more themed, immersive cruises offering experiences ranging from theatrical performances and workshops to Pride and stargazing with astronomers.
Cruise lines are seeking to meet the needs of singles, with a rise in solo cabins per ship. Research also showed an uplift in demand for the Artic in 2023 versus 2022, underscoring a trend for cooler climes.
Dave Mills, Chief Commercial Officer at Iglu Cruise, said: “I predict 2024 will be about an increased confidence to travelling, with people having a sense of ‘carpe diem’ and committing to creative and multi-faceted trips, to create brilliant memories and to have something of interest for each guest travelling.
“The demand for cruise is larger than ever, due to a combination of factors including more choice of cruises; more capacity; higher awareness of this type of holiday; an interest in value-for-money holidays; general confidence in travel and inspiring cruises, meaning it’s easy to commit to many cruise holidays in one year. We are confident about a strong 2024 and are even selling a lot of cruises for 2025.”