Don't Bank on a Last-Minute Discount on Your Cruise Vacation This Year

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Summer is almost here and for many individuals and families, that means it's time to go on a cruise. 

Be mindful, though, there are several big industry trends to know before you set set sail.

According to the Cruise Line Industrial Association (CLIA), a record 23 million passengers are expected to take a cruise this year. Once on-board gargantuan ships from the likes of Royal Caribbean (RCL), Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) and Carnival Corp. (CCL), chances are the vacation experience may seem different than on last year's water-based vacation.

Most in the industry have vastly improved the speed of their Wi-Fi connections. Dining options have also been enhanced to feature dishes and cocktails inspired by celebrity chefs.

But there are also some broader trends of which to be aware. TheStreet takes a look at three of the biggest.

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