The website for travel inspiration today released its picks of the best cruises, for Generations X and Y. With the cruise industry aiming for a younger market of adrenaline junkies, active families, and singles, "Next-Generation Cruising" proves that sea-based trips can be tailored to suit the interests of 20 to 30-somethings.
Highlights include: Smooth Sailing
: Sailboat-styled Windjammer ships are geared toward extroverts, with boisterous mealtimes (everyone eats at communal tables), casual dress codes (shoes and shirts not required), and often young, single shipmates (Windjammer hosts singles-only cruises). Sleep under the stars, dive off the deck – this ship is as casual as they come. Eco-Friendly
: Galapagos Vision catamaran trips cater to adventurous types only too happy to trade over-the-top amenities for up-close-and-personal encounters with wildlife in Ecuador. Most of the time is spent kayaking between islands, snorkeling in warm coves, and swimming with turtles and sea lions.Adrenaline Rush
: The international pastime of gambling has never been as popular as it is today, and with the city of Macau bringing in more gambling revenue than Vegas, why not opt for a bachelor party cruise through the Orient? Star Cruise line takes travelers to Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Thailand, and Malaysia. Critics say the food on the ship – often Indian curries and Chinese dumplings – is as good as it gets. Big Pimpin' on a Budget
: Travelers whose taste is chic but whose budget is shabby will appreciate a week with the SeaDream Yacht Club. Enjoy caviar and champagne picnics on the beaches of the Mediterranean. This ship comes with all of the amenities of modern living: rentable iPods and laptops, and Bose stereos, flat-screen TVs, and DVD players built into the rooms.
"Cruising is no longer about 24-hour buffets and shuffleboard," said Peter J. Frank, editor in chief of Concierge.com. "The cruise industry has reinvented itself, and younger generations are starting to discover – as their grandparents once did – the fun and ease of sailing on ships packed with features that appeal to them. Plus, many of these cruises won't break the bank for travelers on a tight budget. "
The complete list is available at www.concierge.com