As the end of 2016 is within sight and the dawn of 2017 almost upon us, let’s take a look back at what made headlines this year in the cruise world.
Cruises to Cuba
This was a big one. After political relations with Cuba were restored by President Obama, this paved the way for US-based cruise companies to start looking at Cuba as the next major cruise destination. The changes didn’t come without hurdles and quirks, but the first ship arrived in Havana, Cuba on May 2, 2016. Since that time, many other cruise lines have begun to plan itineraries to Cuba.
Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Viking Ocean Cruises and a host of other companies introduced new ships in 2016. Bigger, bolder, more entertainment, more food, more technology – with each year that passes cruise lines are looking for new and innovative ways to cater to existing cruisers, while appealing to first-time cruisers. Here are just a few of the new ships that entered service in 2016.
New/Updated Cruise Terminals
The following ports made significant investments into new or upgraded cruise terminals in order to handle increased passenger flow. With newer, bigger ships coming into service each year this has caused an increase in demand for larger terminal facilities.