Monday 23 September 2019

What to expect from the next generation of cruise ships

With the world quite literally at our fingertips, our travel expectations have changed. We want to explore an exotic locale, indulge in some seriously fine dining, lose ourselves in an exhilarating adventure park, sip a cocktail by the pool and frolic on a pristine beach- all in the one day.

And why shouldn’t we? With advanced technology and an ever-growing bucket list our appetite for adventure is only limited by our imagination. Travel companies are stepping up with game-changing offerings and eye-opening destinations; and savvy holidaymakers are choosing cruises for the sheer wealth of experiences they offer.

No longer the domain of jet-setting retirees, cruises offer everything the modern-day traveller wants and more. Not only do you get to visit far flung destinations but you enjoy constant waterside views while experiencing world-class dining and entertainment.

Quantum of the Seas

The way we travel has changed dramatically over the past decade thanks to an influx of new technology. Cruise ships already represent an impressive feat of engineering, but next generation developments are set to change the way we travel. Royal Caribbean is investing in pioneering technology and unbelievable experiences, along with a wealth of new exclusive private island destinations, thanks to a multi-billion dollar investment.

Royal Caribbean’s new Perfect Day Island Collection takes luxury to the next level with a suite of private island destinations to be unveiled across the Caribbean, Asia and Australia. The first private island escape is the revamped Perfect Day at Cococay in the Bahamas. A little slice of paradise in the Berry Islands, Cococay is positioned to become an unparalleled family holiday destination that really takes the thrill and chill concept to the next level.


Adrenalin seekers will be amazed by Thrill Waterpark, featuring the tallest waterslide in North America, and the 1,600-foot zip-line that glides across the island up to 50 feet above ground. Those looking to chill can do just that in the Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, replete with a swim-up bar and in-pool loungers. Budding travel photographers will capture a holiday snap like no  other from Cococay’s helium balloon, dubbed Up, Up and Away, that whisks you 450-feet into the air, offering a breath-taking bird’s eye view of the islands. Cococay’s transformation will be complete by November 2019 with the opening of the exclusive Coco Beach Club.

Royal Amplified is an visionary plan that will see ten ships undergo a digital transformation, introducing pioneering technology to this fleet of cruise liners. From a seamless check-in, to a sleek customised app, experiential dining and next-level virtual reality entertainment, the result promises to be a cruise experience like no other.

Cococay, water activities.

There is no doubt holiday time is precious. With so many destinations and seemingly little time, the pressure is on to make the most of every minute; in reality, that’s easier said than done when you’re travelling as a family and trying to keep the kids entertained on a long journey.

It’s no wonder, then, that cruises are a perennial favourite with families. Rather than choosing one destination and hoping it has something for everyone, cruises deliver you to any number of far flung locations where you’re guaranteed to create memories that last a lifetime. The recently unveiled Symphony of the Seas is not only the world’s largest cruise ship but the ultimate family holiday, with unbeatable features like the Ultimate Family Suite, gourmet dining options and epic entertainment.

It’s not just family groups that love cruises. Millennials, that elusive yet agenda-setting demographic, are increasingly drawn to cruise holidays. With disposable incomes and a taste for Insta-worthy destinations, millennials favour shorter holidays, more often. They are satiating their wanderlust with cruises, according to leading market research firm Harris Poll, and voted Royal Caribbean “Cruise Line Brand of the Year” in Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend Study. Royal Caribbean has responded to this increased demand and given a whole new meaning to short breaks with its revamped 3-4 day Caribbean cruise getaways.

Holiday time

This is how to holiday with Sunway and Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Cruise holidays with Sunway start from €950pp (7 nights, incl. flights).

Sample Offer

Las Vegas, Miami & Eastern Caribbean Fly Cruise – from €1459

Price includes return flights from Dublin, 3 nights hotel stay in Las Vegas, 1 night pre cruise stay in Miami plus 7 night cruise on Allure of the Seas, based on 2 sharing an interior stateroom, full board, all entertainment, all taxes and fees. Gratuities  and transfers are extra.

With so many types of cruises to choose from, as well as endless destinations and custom packages, a guiding hand from the experts will ensure you have the perfect holiday. Sunway are the cruise holiday specialists with a team of highly skilled agents who work with the world’s leading cruise companies. This multi-award winning tour operator takes the hassle out of planning a holiday and offers expert advice when it comes to planning the right trip. They have hundreds of cruise itineraries to suit every type of traveller- think sun soaked cruises through the Med, exhilarating trips through the Arabian Gulf, custom family cruises and even exotic weddings on-board. See the full range of itineraries and special offers here, or call 01 236 684 to speak with one of the experts at Sunway holidays.

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