With 2022 drawing to a close, it’s a good time to look ahead to 2023 and what’s in store when it comes to travel. Despite a year of increasing costs, travellers are ready to take holidays and explore new destinations in the New Year.
There are many aspects of the travel landscape that have changed over the past few years with new trends and ways of travel emerging which is why MSC Cruises is revealing the top trends to watch out for in the travel and cruise industry next year.
Convenience is king – More travellers are looking for hassle-free holidays and going flight-free is an ideal way to keep trips simple. MSC Cruises saw many customers choosing to cruise from Southampton in the Summer of 2023, in fact almost 65% of all MSC Cruises’ guests chose to board in the UK. Setting sail from the UK onboard MSC Virtuosa to destinations including The Netherlands, Spain or Morocco on cruises anywhere between 3 and 27 nights meant that passengers could easily access global destinations straight from Southampton.
Focus on sustainability – As travellers become more and more conscious of the environmental footprint of their travel and seek out eco-friendly holiday options, MSC Cruises booking data reveals that the “Nature & Wildlife” shore excursion is one of their most popular shore excursions. MSC Protectours are shore excursions that focus on environmental sustainability with tours involving zero environmental impact while others make a direct contribution to the environment, for example, tree planting or beach cleaning.
Not only that, MSC Cruises recently launched MSC World Europa, the first LNG-powered ship of the fleet. LNG is the cleanest fuel available for cruise ships today: it eliminates sulphur oxides emissions and fine particles and greatly reduces nitrogen oxides while reducing CO2 emissions by up to 25%.
Big plans – Travellers are set to make 2023 a big year for getting out and exploring the world, and booking longer trips. MSC Cruises in the UK has seen that 7-night cruises are the most popular for next year with an increase of 104% YOY, showing that people are prioritising travel.
To go even bigger and better in 2023, look no further than MSC World Europa, the line’s first world-class ship currently offering a touch of glamour with itineraries to destinations in the Middle East including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
Luxury travel – Among all the new travel trends for next year, luxury travel is what’s set to be big. Experience the ultimate VIP cruise in the MSC Yacht Club, MSC Cruises’ premium cruising ‘ship within a ship’ concept and indulge with maximum comfort, with lavishly appointed suites, exclusive 24-hour butler service and a dedicated concierge.
Under-the-radar destinations – Travellers are looking to expand their horizons and are considering lesser-known destinations with under-the-radar charm. Brits are increasingly booking unique destinations such as Iceland and the Fjords looking for once-in-a-lifetime experiences and Instagram-friendly holiday snaps.
A family affair – Cruising provides a safe, hassle-free environment for families, with food, accommodation and non-stop entertainment all thrown in, so it’s no wonder that families with kids are a key demographic when looking at bookings next year. Not only this but there is also growth within every age group proving that cruising is the perfect holiday for any generation thanks to the varied activities and amenities on board. Whether that is families with young kids on school holidays, millennials on a group getaway or those now retired taking the time to travel the world.
All-inclusive – When costs are rising elsewhere, it’s essential that families still have time to take a break and get away to bond over their family holiday, and nothing offers better value than a cruise, even more so with an all-inclusive package. MSC Cruises booking data reveals that 3 in 5 guests book all-inclusive drinks packages in a bid to save money.
Ride the wellness wave – In 2023, wellness travel is expected to reach new levels of popularity, with a focus on health and wellness often high on new year’s resolutions lists. MSC Cruises in December unveiled its newest ship, MSC Seascape, which is rich with wellness activities to inspire guests to unwind from the moment they step aboard. Relax and rejuvenate in the MSC Aurea Spa, break a sweat in the gym or take part in outdoor wellness classes like yoga or dance.
For more information on the MSC Cruises fleet, the wide variety of itineraries and shore excursions and what’s new in 2023, head to the MSC Cruises website: www.msccruises.co.uk.