Cruising to remain buoyant in 2012

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Just last week it was revealed that 2012 holidays are to cost more (, prompting fears that many families will have to make do with a staycation next summer.

However cruising seems to be bucking the trend. For despite the fact that the economy has been on a roller coaster ride towards recession, the cruise industry looks set to remain remarkably buoyant (pardon the pun!), according to Douglas Ward – author of the newly published 2012 edition of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise ships.

If you want to cruise away into the sunset next summer but don’t have a fat wallet, Ward recommends making for the Mediterranean and Northern Europe where he forecasts areas of overcapacity, leading to still greater discounts.

I used to think that cruises were a bit like marmite (you either love them or hate them) and have been put off by the idea of being stuck on a ship, but perhaps given their great value and my love of holidays, 2012 is the year that I might finally be convert to cruising.

What do you think? Are you crazy about cruises (as my Grandma, a cruise enthusiast, puts it: “What’s not to love about a holiday spent at sea visiting exotic destinations?”) or is a cruise only for the newly wed and nearly dead? CD-Traveller wants to hear your thoughts on the cruise divide!


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