The cruise industry is attempting to defy old stereotypes. And it’s working: “The concept of a cruise being just for old people or honeymooners is completely dated,” says Sue Bryant, cruise editor of The Sunday Times.
The figures back up the claim: last year’s Cruise Travel Report says the industry has seen a significant uptick in interest from younger would-be seafarers. Dubbed the “micro-cruise”, smaller, more stylish vessels setting sail from lesser-sung destinations have given the long-derided seaborne escape new allure with millennials looking for experiential trips. Luxe expedition yacht Kudanil, for example, offers rooms for just 16 seafarers (attended by 21 staff) and unlike the big, buffet-and-bop ocean liners, it can reach more remote parts of the Indonesian archipelago, from Komodo to Raja Ampat.