Cruising now more popular than land travel for over 55s

Font Size:

Australia is one of the biggest cruise hubs in the world and now it seems Aussies have fallen more in love with the idea of being onboard a boat than being on land.

A survey of 2700 Australian travellers conducted by InsureandGo revealed that 54 per cent would rather go on a cruise than travel on land. 

Not surprising, perhaps, is that the preference for cruising was strongest amongst travellers 55 and over.

Cruising has come a long way. Globally, the industry is worth $5.3 billion, with technological advances on vessels that enhance the cruise experience.

Not only are ships more comfortable and onboard facilities exceptional, but the entertainment options are staggering. You can skydive, paraglide, rock climb, surf, dive or waterslide on many modern vessels. You can see a stage show, circus show, magic show, ice show, cabaret show, rock show or comedy gig; you can drink at a different bar or lounge on each night of your cruise; dining facilities are first-rate, many featuring menus from the world’s top chefs and the shopping, gymnasiums, pools, spas, learning centres and health facilities are as good if not better than most you’ll find on land.

No wonder then, that the number of Australian cruise passengers has quadrupled since 2008. Last year alone, 1.3 million Australians hit the decks of a cruise ship and set out to sea.

“Travellers have realised that cruises give them more time for rest and relaxation and enable them to travel to multiple destinations without repacking and booking into a new hotel each time,” said InsureandGo Managing Director Raphael Bandeira. 

“Cruise ships also offer travellers everything they need in one place – whether it’s different restaurant experiences across various cuisines; games and fitness facilities; spa and shopping experiences; entertainment; and kids’ areas as well as adult-only areas.

While the survey showed a promising trend for the future of cruising in Australia, it also revealed how much people fear the most common negative events that could happen onboard.

The strongest fear response was to an onboard medical emergency or developing seasickness and gastro – both at 72 per cent. Second, at 69 per cent, was the chance of an onshore incident in a foreign country. Third was lost or stolen baggage at 60 per cent – same for mechanical failures at sea. Missing a port was the least-feared event at 45 per cent.

“For cruises, it’s important that travellers purchase tailored cruise insurance to ensure they receive cover for potential incidents that are specific to cruising,” said Mr Bandeira.

What do you fear most about cruising? Have you been on a cruise? Would you prefer to cruise over a land holiday? Or would you like a combination of both?

RELATED LINKS

Cruising on a budget

We suggest cruising options that are both rejuvenating and affordable.

Cruising: how to escape the crowds

Here are our top tips for enjoying your own company on a cruise.

Cruising: what to pack

What are the essentials that you should pack for a holiday at sea?

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?

Contact:
LinkedIn
Email



SPONSORED LINKS

Sign-up to the YourLifeChoices Enewsletter

continue reading

COVID-19

Another vaccine ruled out as second blood clot case emerges

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has announced that a second case of blood clots is believed to be linked to...

Superannuation News

Super funds fight for changes to reforms

Your Super, Your Future legislation will be enacted within three months and leading players are weighing in on the impact...

Finance

Ambulance costs around Australia

There should be no hesitation when you have to call an ambulance in an emergency situation, but some people rushed...

News

Four tell-tale signs that you may have a blood clot

A blood clot is a clump of cells and protein in your blood. Blood clots form to slow down bleeding...

Beef

Sweet Potato and Shredded Beef Bowl

When it comes to serving a lot of people, chilli is a miracle dish. You throw all the ingredients into...

Finance News

How much you can save on electricity in your home state

As we prepare to head into the colder winter months, there is good news for those worried about heating costs...

COVID-19

What is thrombocytopenia, and why did it stop the AstraZeneca jab?

Anthony Zulli, Victoria University; Maja Husaric, Victoria University; Maximilian de Courten, Victoria University, and Vasso Apostolopoulos, Victoria University Australia's medical...

Wellbeing

Ways to manage death anxiety

Winston Churchill once said: "Any man who says he is not afraid of death is a liar." But while it's...

LOADING MORE ARTICLE...