River cruises, Peru and other travel trends for 2014
The annual travel survey by the Travel Leaders Group found European river cruises to be the single hottest travel trend. Three years ago, European river cruises ranked 21st. Based on actual booking data, the survey suggests this is the next big thing.
?If Europe could find a way to create additional scenic rivers, the travel industry and, in particular, our agents would be sending even more clients on European river cruises,? said Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben.
Many travelers don?t realize the biggest river cruise company is based in Woodland Hills. Viking Cruises was recently named ?Best River Cruise Line? in Cruise Critic?s 2013 Annual Editors? Picks Awards.
Viking says unprecedented consumer demand has made it the company?s biggest year to date. Almost all of its 2013 itineraries were sold out as well as more than half of all 2014 staterooms. And the company is responding with more ships, said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic.
Viking will add 14 new Longships this year. Last March, the L.A. cruise line set a Guinness World Record by christening 10 ships in a single day.
Viking?s fleet will grow to 51 vessels by the end of 2014. This includes 30 new revolutionary Longships in the last three years alone.
The overall top international destination for 2014 is the Caribbean. Every cruise line has ships plying the warm, blue Caribbean waters.
Disney Cruise Line has added its special touch to the competition. Its ships are specially built for families with extra storage and special areas for each age group.
Beginning this month, all four Disney ships will sail out of Florida to the Caribbean and Bahamas. The Disney Wonder will sail from Miami, while the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sail from Port Canaveral.
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