Flight of Fancy podcast: The future of cruising

To steal a line from the Beatles: Picture yourself on a boat on a river. In fact, picture yourself on a boat just about anywhere. Sailing on the open ocean. Bobbing in some beautiful tropical port. Motoring gently through an archipelago. Crashing through the Drake Passage.

It sounds pretty good, right? It sounds lovely. It sounds ideal. The cruising industry has been through a torrid time in the last 18 months, as have so many of us in travel, but it's ready to bounce back. Vessels are returning to the ports, and passengers are getting onboard. The chance to see the world from the deck, to experience life on the water while taking in the world, will soon be open to us again. And we're ready.

The big question, therefore, is what will the modern-day cruising experience look like? What's changed in the last few years? What are the developments? What are the rules?

On this special bonus episode of Flight of Fancy, brought to you by Celebrity Cruises, I'm joined by Tim Jones, the managing director of Celebrity Cruises for Australia and Asia Pacific, as well as regular guest, travel writer Ute Junker, to talk about life on the water. What does the future hold for the cruising industry, and for those who love it? How have cruises changed? And where are we all going to be heading?

This Flight of Fancy episode is hosted and produced by Ben Groundwater and mixed by Tim Mummery.

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