Explorers all over the world have been eager to dive back into traveling, especially cruise enthusiasts. But due to circumstances occurring globally, the industry has noted a change in what consumers want and need. And it all comes down to deeper connections, more personalized experiences and safe practices that take all aspects of travel into consideration.
Small is the New Big
According to TRAVELZOO® and Cruise Critic, guests are flocking to smaller cruising options. Small ships like World Navigator and World Traveller provide what guests are looking for in 2022 travels: fewer crowds and a smaller guest-to-crew ratio. Not only do small ships offer more personal space with fewer passengers, but it allows for more personal service from the staff and crew.
Travelers Want More Expedition-Style Cruising
Following the desire for smaller ships, expedition-style journeys offer more personalized adventures as these ships tend to be smaller. Expedition-style travel focuses more on remote destinations and exploring the outdoors, a plus for guests seeking more intimate experiences.
Faraway and New Destinations
There are always more corners of the world to explore and get to know. Cruising is a great way to satiate that wanderlust and take you as far as you can possibly imagine. Not only do luxe-adventure voyages take you far, but they bring you to destinations less traveled, making the experience all the more exciting. Travel trends for 2022 predict that these more remote locales will start to top many a bucket list.
Emphasis on Health and Wellness
Many explorers want to keep up with workout routines and strive to still eat well while traveling. To cater to that desire, many cruises are incorporating fresh ingredients and balanced meals into their food options on board. Atlas believes in a holistic approach to health and well-being, which is why we offer regionally inspired gourmet cuisine from six onboard dining options, all with a diverse array of culinary experiences. Our small ship, World Navigator, also has a jogging track and Fitness Studio for guests to use at their leisure. Taking it a step further, we also offer SeaSpa by L’OCCITANE, the brand’s first-ever luxury spa at sea, with a selection of treatments that help guests indulge and relax on board.
More and more, travelers are taking up the mantle to do their part in keeping it green while exploring. That means they expect cruising and travel brands to follow suit. Part of our small ships’ purpose-built designs include technologies that help in our environmental stewardship. With the latest hybrid power management and propulsion system, World Navigator consumes as low as one-fifth the fuel compared to conventional cruise-ship systems, maximizing fuel efficiency.
Travel Advisors Make the World Go ‘Round
As stated by TravelAge West, Travel Advisors will play an even more crucial role in the cruise industry’s success than ever before. While travelers are eager to return to ocean voyages, they’re looking to the expertise of travel agents to guide them through the logistics. Travel specialists have the knowledge and skill necessary to help their clients find the best adventures for them.
Set sail on a luxe-adventure journey aboard one of our small, expedition-style ships from our Explorer Class fleet.