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Top 10 cruise destinations for 2020 revealed

The top 10 cruise destinations have been revealed for 2020, with the likes of the Canadian Rockies and Singapore topping the list.

The industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) surveyed 409 UK travellers who have taken a holiday, both cruise and land-based – in the last three years to understand their perceptions on travel.

The study found that 64 per cent of respondents have returned to a destination they first visited on a cruise, and 95 per cent considered a cruise holiday to be a great way to sample multiple destinations.

CLIA UK & Ireland director, Andy Harmer, said: “It’s fantastic to see that many travellers see cruise as a great way to explore new destinations. A cruise offers the opportunity for guests to experience the places they may have never previously heard of, and in future return as part of a land-based holiday.

“Following the study, CLIA has compiled a list of our top 10 must-visit destinations for 2020, including both iconic cities and lesser-known locations, all of which can be visited as part of a cruise holiday.”

The study also revealed that travellers are likely to extend their stay in the embarkation or debarkation port city, with more than 60 per cent of respondents stating they add on pre- or post-cruise stays.

Findings further revealed a positive attitude to cruising among those who have never cruised before, with almost two-thirds of respondents stating they would consider booking one in the future.

Harmer continued: “The results from our consumer research indicate that we can expect to see the number of first-time cruisers increase over the coming years, as more and more people realise the benefits and value a cruise holiday offers. This is largely due to the brilliant work travel agents and cruise lines put in every day to help encourage more travellers to choose cruise.”

The top 10 destinations, in no particular oder, are:

  • Canadian Rockies, Canada
  • Singapore
  • Kimberley, Western Australia
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Svalbard, Norway
  • Panama Canal, Panama
  • Castro, Chile
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bozcaada, Turkey

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