The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) had some intriguing and exciting trends to report during its most recent State of the Industry Press Conference in New York this year. From brand-name entertainment to celebrity chef-driven cuisine, to a focus on small-ship experiential cruising, the future of this waterborne form of travel is far more diverse and adventurous than it was in the past. And it's moving toward less-charted waters, as well.
Here are the trends we're most excited about, and the cruise line that currently is setting the standard for each trend. And no, floating aimlessly in the Gulf of Mexico is not a trend.
-- Lena Katz