WATCH: Frightening moment cruise ship rocks violently and hits harbour

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WATCH: Frightening moment cruise ship rocks violently and hits harbour 1

MS Nordnorge, a Hurtigruten expedition ship, was attempting to dock at Bodo harbour in Norway when it faced harsh weather conditions on January 21.

Footage shows the ship tilting towards the harbour as it attempted to anchor itself on shore.

Expedition cruises are on the rise and predicted to be a big cruise trend for 2020.

Virtuoso, a global network of agencies specialising in luxury and experiential travel, revealed their list of cruise trends for 2020, which included an increased interest in scenic cruises to chilly locations.

They said: “Lines as varied as Crystal, Seabourn, Viking and Ponant are offering more expedition cruises as the boom in adventurous cruising continues building. Passengers seeking pure, scenic destinations are attracted to chilly locales such as Antarctica, the Arctic, Greenland and Norway’s fjords.”

Additionally, Virtuoso found a growing popularity in cruisers no longer focusing on the Caribbean or Mediterranean, but visiting more diverse locations such as Muscat, Oman; Manta, Ecuador and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

In a written statement, Virtuoso’s vice president of cruise sales, Beth Butzlaff said: “In 2020, cruisers are choosing itineraries based on destinations and the more unusual and far away, the better.

“Cruising used to be considered more passive, but lines have overcome that misperception with more time in port and experiences that are unique to the destination.” said Butzlaff.

“Passengers want to enjoy the essence of these places through interactions with local people and culture, and the industry has responded with innovative offerings to satisfy evolving preferences.”

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) also released their 2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report, which analyses the future of the cruise industry from investment into new technology, partnerships with local government and new trends for 2020.

The report highlighted their key trends for 2020, which included an increase in “lone cruisers.”

“Cruise lines are responding to a shift in passenger demographics, by offering studio cabins, single-friendly activities, eliminating single supplements and solo-lounges,” the report stated.


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