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Virtual reality, interactive avatars among cruise trends of 2018

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 /  Tue, January 16, 2018  /  07:07 pm
Virtual reality, interactive avatars among cruise trends of 2018

Cruise lines will expand their culinary offerings in response to insatiable interest among cruisers. (Shutterstock/File)

From interactive avatars to on-board Go-Kart race tracks and facial recognition technology, bigger and smarter cruise ships will be making major waves in 2018.

Experts at Cruise Critic have come up with a list of the top trends they expect will up the ante in cruising next year, thanks to innovations in technology and evolving traveler interests.

Here are the top five trends from the list:

Augmented technology

Innovations in technology will change the way guests cruise in 2018, from virtual reality dining experiences, to interactive avatars that follow cruisers around the ship. Wearable technology will also facilitate the cruising life, enabling passengers to open doors with the wave of a hand, or order food and drinks without leaving the pool. Wifi will also reach land speeds out on sea.

Ports of call 

Instead of frenzied ports of call that offer little more than a few hours to explore an entire destination, more and more cruise itineraries will focus on a single country. Japan, Costa Rica, Australia and Norway are among some of the countries that are benefiting from slower-paced, more in-depth cruise itineraries.

Read also: Three tips to enjoy cruise tourism on a limited budget

New firsts 

This year will see a slew of behemoth new ships hit the high seas, boasting game-changing features designed to up the ante in cruising. Think Go-Kart race tracks, laser tag, and mobile check-in services that use facial recognition technology.

Port renovations 

It’s not just cruise ships that are being redesigned. Terminals in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Tampa Bay in the United States are undergoing multi-million dollar upgrades to improve the passenger experience, from embarkation to offloading.

Culinary cruising

Cruise lines will expand their culinary offerings in response to insatiable interest among cruisers. Along with gourmet buffet lines and restaurants, collaborations with celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs, expect  the next-generation cruise ships to debut test kitchens, cooking demo centers and on-shore excursions like market tours.

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