Even though the cruise industry has been facing some dreadful headlines over the past few years, people are still signing up for cruise ship vacations. Why?

One reason could be that, after a steady flow of disaster stories about on-board mishaps, power failures and mass illness at sea, cruise lines and their PR teams have taken steps to improve their image.

Cruise lines are investing in better technology, backup generators for power failures and medical care for outbreaks of flu – and despite a few bad incidents, passengers are continuing to book vacations at sea!

In fact, so successful have these efforts been that the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) forecasts that 21.7 million people will cruise this year, up from 21.3 million in 2013. Active vacations are great, but, sometimes we need a little pampering and relaxation.

So, if the idea of hunting for the best cheap cruises, getting on board a floating town, unpacking once and floating from port to port with on-board entertainment, gourmet food and interesting people of all ages is appealing to you, 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year.

Here are some of the top cruise industry trends for 2014 and some ideas on why adventures on the high seas are so compelling for women over sixty:

Bigger Ships Make for Better Trips

The cruise industry is investing in the idea of “bigger is better,” with the building of mega floating cities (like the Caribbean’s Allure and Oasis which hold 6000 passengers each). Novelty will become a priority with features like small luxury cruises, simulated skydiving, bumper cars and observation capsules to watch the stars over an azure sea!

Forget the Buffet! Food on Cruise Ships is Getting Fancier

Cruise ship dining is no longer about one-size-fits-all buffets: a big trend is more specialty foods from celebrity chefs offering gluten free and vegan dishes! Crystal Cruises’ Serenity even has an on-board herb garden where chefs can grow fresh ingredients. Many cruise lines offer cooking classes ranging from French pastries to Italian pasta-making.

River Cruises Will Continue to Gain Popularity

Another trend is the popularity of short river cruises. They continue to be sell-outs with Viking Cruises adding 10 new river cruises this year!

Expect Better Connectivity at Sea

Finally, since we are all addicted to the Internet and hate roaming charges, it’s a no-brainer that cruise lines are going to have to fix this. Since it’s pretty hard to get good reception in the middle of the ocean, the challenge is not an easy one to solve. Until then, I am staying at home on dry land. I simply refuse to go anywhere that does not allow me to stay connected with the Sixty and Me Community!

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