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CRUISES STILL FLOAT OUR BOAT
THE rise of cruise holidays is set to continue into 2019 – and younger travellers are looking to head up the gangway. One in 12 Brits went on one in the last year, and two-fifths are keen on heading to sea for the first time, with most interest coming from 18 to 24-year-olds (53%).
The findings are a key part of travel association Abta’s recent Travel Trends 2019 report which highlights the seemingly unstoppable growth of the cruise. It says that as the range of destinations across the globe expands so too does the variety of cruises and activities on offer, including wellness, food and expeditions.
READY TO ROCK IN THE MALDIVES
THERE is no shortage of swanky places to stay in the Maldives, but now there’s another heavenly resort to tempt you to the Indian Ocean. Set to open in March, the Hard Rock Hotel, located in the stop-in-your-tracks Emboodhoo Lagoon, will offer 178 rooms and overwater villas, a Rock Spa and, of course, lots of nods to music with memorabilia on display throughout. See hardrockhotels. com for more information.
HAVE A WHALE OF A TIME
BRITAIN’S first Whale Trail will launch in Scotland next summer.
The Hebridean network has been created by the local Whale and Dolphin Trust and showcases 25 world class cetacean viewing and heritage sites across the west coast.
Scotland is home to a quarter of the world’s whale and dolphin species and visitors will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of its spectacular marine wildlife.
Visit hwdt.org/ the-hebrideanwhale-trail for more information.
Cruises are proving popular with younger travellers
The Hard Rock Hotel in the Emboodhoo Lagoon