How Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers Travel

June 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The differences between Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers are never more evident than when we travel. Where we go, how we get there, what we do, and how much we spend all vary depending on our demographic. We’re alike in some ways, we’re very different in others.

Shullman Research studied households with an annual income of more than $75,000 to see how each group preferred to travel, and created an infographic to show us just what those differences were.

English: Dubrovnik old city and cruise ship.

Dubrovnik old city and cruise ship. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are a few examples of what they found.

  • Millennials head to Hawaii more than Boomers and Gen Xers: 19% of Millennials travel to the 50th state, compared to 6% each of Boomers and Gen Xers. Meanwhile, 10% of Boomers prefer Nevada’s dry climate, while 18% of Gen X prefers Florida.
  • When it comes to international travel, 23% of Millennials visit Asia, Generation X heads to the Caribbean (22%) or Canada (21%), while we Boomers head to Europe (61%) or the Caribbean (my favorite; I’m part of the 48% who vacation there).
  • Flying is the preferred method of travel, with 28% of Millennials, 36% of Gen Xers, and 31% of Boomers taking to the air. But 39% of Gen X also prefers to travel by car, since they can turn this thing around if you don’t settle down back there.
  • When it comes to cruises, we were surprised to see Millennials actually prefer them more than their older counterparts — 16% versus 11% (Gen X) and 13% (Boomers).

For more insights and information, you can see the entire infographic at AdWeek.com, and get a better insight into how different demographic groups prefer to travel.

What are your travel preferences? Do you match up with your demographic group, or do you prefer going against conventional wisdom? Leave a comment and let us hear from you.

To Boost Safety, Cruise Lines Want to Be More Like Airlines

February 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With a number of embarrassing, and very public, hits to cruise ship safety over the last several years, cruise lines are looking at the airline industry as a standard for safety. A recent article in Businessweek looked at how cruise lines are responding to three huge safety failures in 2012 and 2013, including the infamous grounding of a cruise ship in Italy in 2012 and two serious fires in 2013.

The cruise lines have realized that they need to focus on being safe by reducing crew errors and increasing safety protocols.

Since the 1980s, safety has been a high concern for airlines. They’ve pioneered many programs that cruise lines now hope to adapt for themselves. They have seen that crew error is the largest risk factor in any type of accident, so they’re working to reduce those first.

Carnival Liberty, Carnival Triumph and Carniva...

Carnival Liberty, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Glory (near to far) docked in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The plan is to implement programs that make sure staff are following procedures. Such measures taken from the airline industry include a no-blame reporting structure where staff can report violations of protocol with no consequences.

Another way airlines have increased staff efficiency is to randomly send personnel out for an annual performance check of pilot performance in the cockpit. The cruise line is considering that as well.

Another airline safety protocol is to track data from the cockpit related to any deviation from standard procedure and finding out why it occurred. This could be an important protocol to increase cruise ship safety.

What do you think about cruise ship safety? Would you venture out into the high seas after these issues that have arisen over the past few years? Leave us a comment on the blog or our Facebook page to let us know what you think.

Cruise Industry Amenities War Heats Up

September 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For decades, the cruise industry has been associated with luxury. While the first pleasure cruise launched in 1844, the “fun ship” Caribbean cruises of the 1960s marked the beginning of the modern cruise industry as we know it. Today, cruise ships are more than just places to have fun in the sun. Cruise ships have evolved from vessels that offered a pool and a few restaurants into something not unlike a city on the water.

If you’ve taken a cruise lately, you likely experienced very little down time during your trip. In fact, many first-time cruise goers are surprised at the sheer amount of activities and attractions most cruise ships have on board. These activities aren’t just limited to long-haul voyages. In fact, most major cruise lines offer a surprising array of amenities for even the shortest cruises. For example, one major cruise line features fine dining restaurants, sports activities, spas, shopping, bars and clubs, onboard activities and events, classes and a casino — and that’s just on a three-day cruise!

English: MS Majesty of the Seas, one of Royal ...

MS Majesty of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean International’s Sovereign class cruise ships, anchored off Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s name for Little Stirrup Cay, an island located in the Bahamas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fortunately for long-time cruise lovers, there’s always something new to explore. The cruise industry competition is steep, and if you think you’ve already seen it all from this sector of the travel industry, you likely haven’t seen anything yet.

Many cruise lines are now looking to stay competitive by offering trips that are targeted towards more interest groups than the traditional “themed” cruises that target singles, retirees, LGBT community and so on. Instead, the new breed of cruise vacations are targeting niche audiences – in fact, the website Theme Cruise Finder boasts listings for over 500 theme cruises, including interesting voyages such as the Dancing With The Stars cruise.

One of the most buzzed-about cruise features this year has been the 54 Below lounge on the Celebrity Summit’s seven-night luxury cruise from Cape Liberty, New Jersey to Bermuda. This a cabaret-style lounge features some of Broadway’s hottest stars, including many Tony award winners. Travelers on the Summit can attend two on-board acts for free during the voyage.

For the cruise industry, gourmet dining and surfing lessons aren’t cutting it anymore. With more and more jaw-dropping features being added to cruise ships each year, we can’t even begin to imagine what surprises this industry has in-store in the coming years.

How To Pack For A Cruise

August 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The good news: you’re going on a cruise. The bad news: you have to decide what to pack.

Admittedly, there are far worse problems to have. That said, what should a seafaring adventurer pack?

Mimi Franklin tackles this question on her delightful blog “Mimi Packs Light” at mimipackslight.com. Mimi — for whom packing light has become a life philosophy — writes about her “Cruise Challenge,” in which she takes a transatlantic cruise with only one small bag.

Cruise Ship FreedomHer goal is to pack 35 outfits into a carry-on which meets both Spirit Airlines’ and Icelandair’s (the air carriers that will get her to and from the cruise ship) size restrictions. Mimi had used a Solo carry-on bag on a previous trip which exceeded Spirit’s size limits (incurring her a bag fee), and was determined not to repeat that mistake.

Mimi opted for a 13″ x 16″ x 8″ Travelpro Crew 8 Rolling Business Tote which met the size requirements, and impressed her with its lightweight construction and ease of maneuverability. She writes, “I finally decided on a Travelpro bag because it moves beautifully. I’m not kidding — it’s like the BMW of rolling bags.”

Mimi then set about packing her “lightweight, compact and versatile wardrobe, containing no less than 35 outfit changes” into the Crew 8 Tote. When one is embarking on a 12 day excursion from Ft. Lauderdale to Harwich, England aboard Royal Caribbean cruise lines, wardrobe versatility is a must.

So, how did Mimi manage to pack everything into her carry-on?

This bag, like most handle bags, has three crevices due to the handle poles. I fill the crevices first with slips socks and underwear. With the next layer I try to smooth out with dresses or skirts or any materials not requiring ironing. After that I alternate with folded slacks and bundled shirts. Shoes go in separate plastic bags, and I use the outside pockets for most of my cosmetics.

Mimi arrived at Harvich safely, only to discover that she hadn’t worn four of tops that she took. Yes, despite using only one rolling tote for her 12 day voyage, she had over-packed.

Another good problem to have.

If you’d like to read more about Mimi Franklin’s one bag-transatlantic adventures, visit her blog Mimi Packs Light.

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