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5 Amazing Ways Cruising Has Transformed Vacationing
From dining to entertainment, amenities to itineraries, cruising has changed drastically in the last 100 years.
Each year, millions of passengers flock to cruise terminals all over the world to set sail, stopping at new and exciting destinations on a near-daily basis. But round-trip pleasure cruises haven’t always been the industry’s bread and butter. Early cruises were one-way voyages designed to comfortably transport passengers across the ocean. However, the cruise industry has evolved drastically from its early days … here are five ways the cruise industry has changed over the years.
1. CRUISE SHIPS
Perhaps the most monumental change in the cruise industry has been the evolution of the cruise ship itself. From smaller boutique river ships to massive floating cities, there’s a cruise ship for everyone.
Much like the ships themselves, early onboard activities were on the simpler side — passengers would pass the time with boxing matches, games of tug of war and more. However, with roller coasters, water parks, skydiving and surf simulators, nightclubs, countless dining and entertainment options and so much more aboard today’s cruise ships, modern-day onboard activities are anything but simple.
There wasn’t a whole lot to do aboard early cruise ships, so dining became quite the production. Guests would dress in their finest formal attire, and meals would often take several hours. Today though, with everything from late-night pizza and pub fare to elegant multi-course meals that can be tailored to address most dietary restrictions or food allergies, each guest is totally in control of their own dining experience.
While early cruising was an opulent experience, transoceanic voyages left something to be desired in the comfort department. However, comfort and convenience are paramount on today’s sailings, with rejuvenating spas, luxurious staterooms, Wi-Fi and more found aboard.
When the first ocean liners set sail in the 1800s, they served as a luxurious way for passengers to cross the ocean. Today though, the cruise industry is dominated by leisure cruises to exotic destinations. From the Caribbean to Alaska, from the South Pacific to Europe … chances are, if you can find it on a map, there’s a cruise that can take you there.
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