A new survey by Cruise Critic has revealed that nearly 60 per cent of holidaymakers planning to go on a cruise see it as a more ‘stress-free’ holiday option, when compared to flying.
It’s no wonder that after recent horror stories of children screaming for eight hour’s straight, fights breaking out at 30,000-feet and airplane doors falling off, that passengers find flying stressful.
This stress can be what is known as aerophobia, an excessive worry of air travel, which is thought to affect one in ten Britons.
The survey asked 2,000 people whether they were planning on going on a cruise in 2018. 32 per cent of respondents are, with a further 58 per cent of those seeing cruises as a more attractive option for a stress-free holiday.
While the highest age group that saw cruising as a more attractive holiday option than flying was the over 55s, surprisingly following very closely were the 25-34 and 18-24 year olds.
And it appears that they’re onto something. The benefits of cruising were recently tested by researchers at the University of China and the results were astonishing.
According to scientists, a cruise holiday is good for your health and can actually minimise negative feelings such as stress and worry. What’s more, the positive affects of cruising can last for up to six months.
As well as this, the Cruise Critic survey determined that only a quarter of those planning on a cruise this year knew about ‘Wave Season’.
‘Wave Season’ is the highly competitive start-of-the-year promotional period between January and March which sees the best cruise deals on sale.
This includes free or reduced price bookings, free drinks packages, prepaid service charges and generous, free onboard credit, among other perks.
During this time, you can save up to 71 per cent says research company, Cruisewatch.
Cruise Critic’s UK Managing Editor, Adam Coulter, told Express.co.uk: “These are really exciting times for the cruise industry which continues to grow at a steady pace.”
With more ships ready to launch in 2018, “the UK is getting very close to reaching its two million cruise passenger mark.
“Britain is the third largest cruise market in the world after the US and Germany, partly as a result of increasing public frustration with airlines – from check-in IT glitches, bulk flight cancellations to flight company collapses.
“It is therefore not surprising that holidaymakers are looking for alternative options to flying to keep their holidays stress-free.”
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