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Cruise Trends of 2016

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At the annual Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Fort Lauderdale, the bigwigs with some of the world’s biggest cruise lines stated, “there has never been a better time to take a cruise”. While there is most likely a bit of self-serving bravado in their proclamation, bookings already indicate a record-setting 24 million people will take a cruise this year. Additionally, cruise lines keep launching new vessels, expanding itineraries and adding amenities to attract passengers. To get you up to speed, here are the three big cruise trends of 2016 that will have you cruising into summer:

Newest Luxuries in the Sky

Airlines are constantly looking for ways to improve their services and add value for their passengers. Decades ago, many of these were standard, but with the rising costs of travel, luxury in the air was limited to those traveling first class…

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However, airlines have recently begun making a comeback to appealing to their travelers’ comfort and enjoyment.

FCC Allows Cell Phone Use On Flights

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via yardi.com

Hallelujah! We can finally use our phones even more than we already do!

The FCC has allowed phones to be on during plane rides. Long gone are the days where flight attendants hound you to turn off your phones and electronic devices every five minutes before the flight takes off.

What Are the Busiest Travel Days of the Year?

Thanksgiving and the year-end holiday are among the busiest times of year to take to the air and the roadways, ranking just behind a few days in the summer, according to National Public Radio. However, winter holiday travel can be even more hectic, with college students, families with children and elderly people all en route to the homes of family and friends through the worst weather of the year. Despite the fact that airlines actually have a better track record for on-time flights during the year-end holiday season, those flight delays that do occur may affect your holiday plans more seriously, causing you to miss out on some of the festivities of the season.

Has Airline Consolidation Gone Too Far?

Airline consolidation over recent decades

Last week, we learned that the US Justice Department and six states filed an antitrust suit to prevent American Airlines from merging with US Air. The government’s position is that while the merger would benefit the two companies and the air travel industry as a whole, it would have a negative impact on consumers through higher fares and fees. The airlines disagree, claiming the merger would result in improved service for customers; It would also allow American Airlines to emerge from bankruptcy court protection, where it has been since filing in 2011.