I don't think I am imagining it – the facts are in and the bar is indeed being raised over and over again in the cruise business. When you look at all the impressive news coming out of cruise lines in the last few months it is practically mind-boggling and seemingly never ending.

Seabourn EncoreCourtesy of Seabourn

New and fantastic, truly innovative ships are being ordered and these new ships are also being sold out within days – Seabourn Encore being a prime example with their 10 day cruise from Singapore in January 2017.

I really feel that we are entering a new phase in the cruise industry and certainly the luxury and upscale segment is going wild. From mainstream and contemporary, small ship and expedition, river, up-scale and casual - and of course, luxury, there truly is something for everyone and when you see someone like Richard Branson entering the market with Virgin Cruises, you get the sense that we are now in one of the best spaces within the travel arena.

MSC SeasideCourtesy of MSC Cruises

And the cruise lines are doing an even better job of getting the word out. Constant news and updates about the new builds coming online. Videos and Youtube moments of ships being built, floated out, launched and so on. Foodies can celebrate more and more as can design aficionados. The ships are becoming more gorgeous and glamorous and more relaxed at the same time.

Carnival VistaCourtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

As new ships come on line new itineraries can be explored. Those of you who are new to cruising will surely embrace the fabulous vessels sailing year round in the Caribbean but for those of you who are yearning for more exotic fare why not try longer duration itineraries and also perhaps smaller ships that can truly take you to the heart of an area you may not have explored.

It is an exciting time – yet again – for the cruise industry and I am genuinely excited and anticipatory about seeing all the changes coming.

Written by Vanessa Lee and originally published on Open Jaw Network.

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