Cruises in 2023 will continue to buck the trend of increasing holiday prices, according to new research from Cruise.co.uk.
The cruise specialists found that the majority of seven to 14-night voyages next year to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean remain cost consistent when looking back over the past decade.
They took a series of sample sailings, comparing similar experiences from multiple cruise lines and most were in line with inflation, if not cheaper overall.
In a particularly striking example, an inside cabin on a 14-night P&O Caribbean cruise, sailing from Barbados, came in at £1,659 including flights in 2012. In 2019 the cost came down to £1,503 per person, while an equivalent 2023 sailing only set guests back £1,139.
Cruise.co.uk also reported that bookings are up 35 per cent on 2019, as holidays at sea continue to bounce back. Its best-selling destinations in 2022 were the Mediterranean and Caribbean respectively, while cruise and stay holidays have had a record-breaking year in 2022, especially in North America.
“With meals, top class entertainment, kids’ clubs and onboard leisure facilities all included in the price, a cruise is hard to beat for price, choice and convenience,” said Tony Andrews, deputy managing director of Cruise.co.uk.
“Furthermore, it’s clear the popularity of cruise remains as strong as ever, which is reflected in the sheer number of customers who have booked with us in 2022. We’re eagerly anticipating this trend continuing into the new year.
“What’s more, our option to stay on before or after sailing has proved a real hit this year. With travel now opened up again, customers are taking advantage of longer holidays to really make the most of their time away.
“We have every confidence 2023 is shaping up to be the year of cruise.”