HIGH LIVING ON THE HIGH SEAS
Over the past four decades, cruise ships have seriously stepped up their game. Not only have ships dramatically expanded in size, the onboard entertainment options have multiplied and become vastly more sophisticated (Skydiving, anyone?), the accommodations, particularly at the luxury end of the scale, are now on par with some of the world's top hotels and homes. Cheapism reached out to cruise industry experts to discuss some of the changes that have taken place on these elaborate floating cities, which have evolved far beyond buffets and casinos.
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BARS WITH ROBOTS
MULTIPLYING ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS
ROPES COURSES, SLIDES AND OTHER INNOVATIVE FEATURES
GOURMET AND CELEBRITY CHEF CUISINE
SPAS, HEALTH AND WELLNESS — OH MY
EXTENDED TIME IN PORT
MORE WAYS TO STAY IN TOUCH
INCREASED FOCUS ON SAFETY
Back in the day, cruising was considered a very formal, sometimes even stuffy way to travel. Formal nights were a must, and restaurants had strict dress codes. "Today, formal nights are usually optional or non-existent, and dress codes have certainly relaxed," said Gray Faust of Cruise Critic. "For those who enjoy dressing up for a romantic night out or a family photo shoot, those options are still available. But for travelers who like to stay casual, there's no need to pack a suit and tie onboard a majority of lines."