Local, small-group, customised and exclusive are seen as the way forward.
The Americas provide a stunning array of cruise destinations from icy Canada to the steamy tropics.
The astronomic growth of the Australian cruise industry may be slowing down.
A host of cruise lines are announcing exciting new itineraries for 2020.
Most of this year's new river ships will cruise Europe's well-known waterways but there are also some interesting newcomers in America and Asia.
Among them are five departures of Poseidon's most popular Arctic West Spitsbergen and the Polar Ice Edge cruise.
When Ponant's Le Laperouse arrives in Cairns later this month, it will be the youngest of this summer's bumper crop of smaller, luxury and expedition-style ships to cruise in local waters. S
The small-group experiences will be accompanied by local insiders.
The 4500-passenger Bellissima is MSC's second Meraviglia-class ship.
Windstar Cruises has announced 152 departures on cruises in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2019 and 2020.
A giant new ship on order for Carnival Cruise Line will boast a deck-top roller coaster.
Cruisers are in for another big one, with 30 million travellers globally expected to take an ocean voyage and 25 ocean-going cruise ships set to launch in 2019,