The year is already in full swing and many Aussie and New Zealander’s holidays have come and gone – but that doesn’t mean the cruise industry is resting.

With so many new vessels and new cruise lines entering the market, you should be expecting a year with new and exciting innovations coming out of the woodworks.

Based on the experts at Cruise Critic, here are just some of the big plans that are expected for this year and beyond.

Cruise lines are looking for more ways to be environmentally friendly

As the years trickle on and more information becomes accessible, businesses and consumers are looking for ways to be environmentally friendly and “go green”.

In 2018, a large portion of the cruise industry banned the use of straws and single use plastics across the ocean. Experts are estimating that as expectations from businesses change and increase, cruise line industries will seek out methods to remain profitable.

During this year and the coming years, more cruise lines are predicted to cut back on printed papers delivered to cruise cabins and debut aluminium water containers in place of water bottles.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) also announced the global cruise industry would commit to reduce the rate of carbon emission by 40 per cent by 2030.

More focus on seniors

While cruises maintain an excellent option for families and large groups, experts expect a focus shifting towards senior couples and solo travellers. With a rise in upscale ships, 18+ only cruises and more cabins specifically designated to single travellers, there are expectations for more upscale lines to invest in public spaces made specifically for adults.

Cruise lines focus on itineraries to “avoid crowds”

Over-tourism is a possible massive threat to the cruise industry and cruise lines are already making concessions, so its customers are not so heavily impacted by this issue. In Europe, ports that are more private, less flashy and way more discreet are being sought out by cruise lines as opposed to “been-there, done-that” destinations.

Experts predict cruise ports that allow holiday-goers to immerse themselves into each destination will replace ports that are full-blown tourist excursions.

What are your predictions for cruising in 2019? Let us know in the comments below.

Republished with permission of Over60.