TUI Cruises, Hapag Lloyd, Star Clippers Silversea Cruises, Hurtigruten, Ikarus and Plan Tours as well as Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises are on board
Following the successful launch in 2015, the Cruise Pavilion at boot Düsseldorf will be highlighting a wide range of cruise options again from 23. to 31. January 2016. The maritime travel market in Hall 14, in the middle of which the Cruise Pavilion can be found, provides the right setting for this.
Cruising continues to be a strong trend and cruises can in the meantime be taken to practically all regions of the world. A cruise is the ideal choice for any target group, whether a South Sea wellness trip or an adventurous voyage to the natural sights of Northern Europe is the goal. Simply resting and relaxing or spending the entire day on sports activities: this is no longer mutually exclusive on a cruise nowadays. While it has not for a long time been the case any more that cruises are only something for well-off elderly travellers; on the contrary, they appeal to people of all ages. Anyone can find the perfect cruise to fulfil their specific wishes at boot Düsseldorf: young people who want to party, families with children who are looking for an attractive entertainment programme for their offspring, young couples who are dreaming of a romantic holiday on board or demanding travellers in the prime of their lives.
The Cruise Pavilion centres on the presentation by TUI Germany, the German tourism market leader, which on its own has as many as twelve cruise ships. Together with the shipping lines it co-operates with, TUI Germany is showing the broad range of travelling options in “floating hotels” on more than 300 square metres of stand space. The providers include TUI Cruises, Hapag Lloyd, Star Clippers and Silversea Cruises. The long-established postal shipping line Hurtigruten, expedition specialist Ikarus Tours, versatile Plantours, intrepid Princess Cruises, cheerful Carnival Cruise Line and varied P&O Cruises can also be found in the adjacent maritime travel market. All together, they are presenting cruising in all its diversity, for all ages, interests and demands.
TUI Cruises offers all-inclusive feel-good cruises known as “My Ship”, on which guests can enjoy being pampered to their heart’s content. Families with younger children feel very comfortable on the “My Ship” cruises too, because everyone can indulge his own tastes, with no specific dress code or mealtimes. Cruises with special themes, such as the Full Metal Cruise, on which it can get really loud at times, the Rockliner with “panic rocker” Udo Lindenberg or the Football Lounge with prominent experts commenting on the 2016 European Championship are additional highlights in the TUI Cruises programme.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has specialised in expeditions in addition to classic cruises on the well-known Europa ships. The expedition ships MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen sail to the remotest areas of Greenland or Alaska. Visits to typical villages and trips past volcanoes and waterfalls are unforgettable opportunities for all would-be explorers.
The thoroughly romantic side of sailing can be experienced on the yachts operated by Star Clippers Cruises, because travelling is on a tall ship rather than on a classic ocean steamer. Relaxation, peace and quiet are the order of the day on the special yoga cruise, for example.
The Silver Cruises ships are small but impressive, because they can enter smaller, exotic harbours too and can negotiate not just the world’s oceans but also rivers. The destinations for the Silversea ships include, for example, the yacht harbours of the Lesser Antilles as well as such classic Mediterranean destinations as St. Tropez, Monte Carlo or Venice.
Authenticity is the trademark of Hurtigruten, a name that is taken from the Norwegian word Hurtigruta, which means “express route”. Travelling here is on a traditional postal ship, on which a phenomenal entertainment programme is provided by the spectacular sights along the coast of Norway. The 12-day voyage goes from Bergen to Kirkenes on Varangerfjord in Northern Norway and back again.
Authenticity is the trademark of Hurtigruten, a name that is taken from the Norwegian word Hurtigruta, which means “express route”. Travelling here is on a traditional postal ship, on which a phenomenal entertainment programme is provided by the spectacular sights along the coasts of Norway. The 12-day voyage goes from Bergen to Kirkenes on Varangerfjord in Northern Norway and back again.
Spitsbergen cruises are the speciality of Ikarus Tours, the provider based in Königstein in Germany. They even take in the easternmost island of the archipelago, Kvitoya – which is rarely visited – where a stop is made too if the weather conditions are favourable. New additions to the Ikarus programme are four trips on the icebreaker Khlebnikov through the legendary Northeast Passage or the tremendous Northwest Passage or from impressive West Greenland to the Canadian Arctic.
Variety is the motto of Plantours. For 26 years now, the company from Bremen in Germany has focussed not only on exotic destinations like a tour along the West African coast from Cape Town to Dakar but also on classic river cruises on the Danube, Havel or Rhine. The Russian waterways from Saint Petersburg, the magnificent city of the tsars, to Moscow are very popular choices in the Plantours programme too, however.
Alaska at sea and on land is one of the intrepid tours offered by Princess Tours. Shimmering glaciers and impressive coasts are a unique natural spectacle here. On land, the journey then goes deep into the heart of Alaska to Denali National Park, which is named after the highest mountain in North America (6,190 m). Princess Tours also specialises in worldwide cruises that can take up to 111 nights, however.
The ships operated by cheerful Carnival Line, which are easy to recognise by their characteristic funnel in the shape of the tail fin of a whale, are at home on the American coasts, in the Gulf of Mexico, in the Atlantic and in the Pacific. The company, which is one of the biggest cruise providers in the world, has specialised – among other things – in pop, funk and soul cruises. Current and legendary stars appear on board live on stage.
There is a trend towards thematic cruises and the range offered by the traditional British company P&O Cruises is very popular. A varied programme is provided on board during P&O tours – workshops about ballroom and Latin American dancing, cooking courses with prominent international chefs, cheese and wine tasting. In addition to the well-known and popular ports of Amsterdam, Lisbon or Rome, trips are – for example – also made to Central America (with a journey through the Panama Canal) or Australia.
A varied selection of travel models are presented on the Captain’s Deck, the heart of the Cruise Pavilion. This is where the shipping lines give short talks about the trips and show impressive film of the destinations and the services provided on board. Whoever then knows what voyage he wants to go on can book his dream cruise directly on-site at boot Düsseldorf 2016 in the TUI Booking Center.