Cruise Trends to Watch in 2018 and Beyond

The folks at CruiseCompete predicted some noteworthy trends in cruising for 2018 and the ones I'm really excited about are launched from hoteliers getting ready to enter the cruise scene and innovative wellness offerings.

The “New Chic” in Cruise Ships: Ultra-Luxury Hoteliers Have Entered the High Seas Arena, Offering Intimate Yacht Experiences. Virgin Voyages is new to the seas and already pre-booking for its 2020 sailings. From dining and entertainment to wellness and rejuvenation, nearly every single element of the Virgin Voyages journey will bring a unique Virgin style to the high seas. And - no kids allowed! You must be 18 years of age or older to sail Virgin Voyages.

The Ritz-Carlton is taking its legendary service and unmatched luxury to ocean venues. Beginning in 2019, the company will offer voyages on three lavishly-built, intimate yachts with space for only 298 guests. Accommodations include 149 suites, each with its own balcony, and several luxurious duplex penthouses. Reservations open May 2018.

Personalized Well-Being Experiences To meet growing demand from travelers, MSC Cruises has launched a personal wellness program with TechnoGym. Each enrolled guest has an entirely personalised cruise experience, which is customized with shore excursions, gym classes and healthy food options. “The global wellness travel segment is projected to grow by nearly 10% annually over the next five years, as consumers are increasingly seeking out ways to combine being active and healthy with their vacation,” says Gianni Onorato, chief executive officer of MSC Cruises.

MSC Divina will also be launching the first Weight Watchers cruise in the Caribbean. (Let me note that I think this is brilliant! So glad to see a cruise line finally partnering with Weight Watchers - who is always innovating and finding new ways to help people stay healthy).

Seabourn has introduced a fleet-wide mindful living program with American celebrity Dr. Andrew Weil, which encompasses physical, social and spiritual well-being. The new program focuses on the daily practice of meditation and yoga through a selection of complimentary session and is the first of its kind at sea.

For many information on these offerings visit CruiseCompete.com.

Summer is Over…Here’s Where You Can Still Swim in NYC

Summer is long over and those days in the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore are becoming a distant memory. Luckily, you don’t need to leave the comfort of the city if you’re still looking to make a splash! Below are the top pools in NYC to help you get over your summertime sadness.

Premier57:
Relax at the exclusive hydrotherapy spa pools designed with different “stations” of aqua-jet nozzles that target specific areas of the body. Whether you want to look out over the city from the rooftop or stay cool inside, Premier57’s pools are some of the best in NYC. For just $75 for the day pass, you can enjoy these rooftop views from sun-up to sun-down.

Gansevoort Park:
This is the pool to indulge in. Even for the high price, this rooftop pool is hard to beat for an afternoon swim. The hotel offers a $250 package that includes a day pass, $75 in food and drinks, a discount on spa treatments and more.

McCarren Hotel and Pool
This chic Manhattan-style pool is in the heart of Brooklyn. Reservations are a must. Arrive early to scope out the best seat and lounge in cabanas or pool chairs for an extra fee. Reserve your pool day online for only $45 on weekdays and $65 on weekends.