Cruisers prioritise holidays despite cost of living crisis
Seven out of ten regular cruisers still plan to holiday at sea this year and the Med is still the favourite destination
Cruise are still prioritising their holidays at sea, despite the current cost of living crisis, new research has revealed.
A survey of 1,015 people by cruise specialist, cruise.co.uk, found that almost 70 per cent have booked or will book a voyage this year. Of this number, around three-quarters will travel on their first-choice sailing, with the final quarter still cruising but opting for a lower-priced option than they would usually book.
Of the remaining respondents, 20 per cent said they will go on a non-cruise holiday this year, either in the UK or overseas, and the final 10 per cent have postponed their holiday plans until 2023 or beyond.
Nearly 20 per cent of the overall respondents have at least one sailing lined up in both 2022 and 2023.
For those yet to book this year, the Mediterranean remains the favourite destination, with the Caribbean second, the Norwegian fjords third and a river cruise on a European waterway in fourth place.
Tony Andrews, deputy managing director of cruise.co.uk, said: “For those who are still able to get some time away, a cruise remains an incredibly attractive choice because there is so much variety out there, with options to suit a wide range of budgets. The fact cruise lines include meals and a host of other inclusive benefits in their booking price means a holiday at sea still represents great value for money.
“It’s easy to see why the Med is such an attractive option. It offers guaranteed sun, a wealth of eye-catching destinations and is straightforward to budget for when travelling via a cruise ship.”