Cruising now more popular than land travel for over 55s

Survey reveals that cruising is now more popular than land travel for over 55s.

Cruising popularity on the rise

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?

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    VeryCaringBigBear
    28th Jul 2018
    7:31am
    Just shows how good our welfare system is in this country if so many people over 55 can afford to go on cruises.
    Jim
    28th Jul 2018
    7:41am
    What makes you think it’s welfare that enables people to go on a cruise, or are you one of these people that think people over a certain age shouldn’t have a life, even though they may have worked for 50 years or more and managed to save a few bob for their retirement, if you look at the cost of cruising it is probably the most affordable holiday you can have and everything is included except for grog, my wife and I don’t drink much so that’s not a concern for us, although having done so many cruises with Royal Caribbean we get free drinks for 4 hours each night.
    VeryCaringBigBear
    28th Jul 2018
    1:47pm
    Most 9f those on cruises are on welfare OAP and they gloat about how good it is.
    Cowboy Jim
    28th Jul 2018
    2:46pm
    Did not do it at 55 but certainly started at 65, put enough in. They deem me and I might as well start spending some; not much fun anymore when you are pushing daisies. You can leave it to the kids or charities, I am spending mine, and if you want to call my pension welfare you are just jealous!!
    Jim
    28th Jul 2018
    3:11pm
    What are you on about people on the pension are not welfare recipients, they are drawing down on the money they have paid into the system for in my case 51 years, some people that are on welfare might be people who have never paid into the system, or they might be people that have for whatever reason been unable to contribute, the argument about whether the pension is welfare or not has been done to death in this forum. I have never gloated about receiving something I have paid for, I might gloat a little bit because I did without when I was young and now I don’t have any other responsibilities I can afford to do the things I couldn’t do when I was acting responsible, it’s seems from your tone that I should be ashamed to accept my well earned and paid for pension, sorry mate it’s not happening.
    Gra
    28th Jul 2018
    3:38pm
    VeryCaringBigBear should chnage their name to VeryGreenBigSook. Obviously neveer considered tose people Jim mentions. Like Jim I consider after working for 50 years, paying more than my fair share of Income tax, saving money instead of boozing up and seeing it go up in smoke, I and my wife are entitled to enjoy the benefits of our thriftiness. If those who have wasted their money don't like it, well that's just too damned bad for them the sooks.
    Anonymous
    29th Jul 2018
    3:29pm
    I agree BigBear

    I avoid cruises - imagine being stuck on a ship for days and weeks with a bunch of bogans
    Cowboy Jim
    29th Jul 2018
    4:59pm
    olbaid - could be worse - imagine stuck on a ship with self righteous SFRs. Counting dollars and cents and generally being tight as ducks.
    Jim
    28th Jul 2018
    7:33am
    My wife and I do 3/4 cruises a year, we have used different cruise lines over the years, but tend to prefer Royal Caribbean and Princess but each to their own. I have absolutely no fears regarding cruising, you must take out cruise specific insurance because illness can be quite expensive, Insureandgo are quite good, but their budget arm is even better it’s called Tick insurance, although Tick don’t do a suitable annual policy, both have good cover for us oldies and cover pre existing conditions and the additional premium is not too bad, ( two heart attacks ) and both in our 70’s.
    VeryCaringBigBear
    28th Jul 2018
    1:46pm
    Credit card Insurance is just as good and costs one nothing. Travel insurance is such a rip off for no extra benefits and they sure fleece you if you have any medical issues even if they have nothing to do with travelling. Try getting insurance if you have ever had cancer.
    Cowboy Jim
    28th Jul 2018
    2:42pm
    We are on Medibank Private here in Australia and as long you go away for a full 2 months they will suspend your insurance and you can take out the international travel insurance with them for the 2 months; but it has to be 2 months or more. And yes, both of us are former cancer patients. If you want to travel abroad at our age we just have to pay whether we like it or not.
    Cowboy Jim
    28th Jul 2018
    2:56pm
    I had my first intercontinental shipping voyage in January 1969, was not called cruising then as you went from continent to continent not back to where you started. Last year's cruise was lovely from Dover to Sydney with Princess, this year we did the 35 day cruise in the Pacific and what a disappointment, the light beer is now $8.75 instead of $5.50, happy hour was done away with. It is all about profit these days and the Govt helped by encouraging the folks close to the cut off point to the pension to start spending on cruises. Just have a look at all Senior publications, all cruise promotions aimed at us. Prices rising steadily. I have done a lot of travelling but look at the prices on board before you book. I am Elite on Princess and 4* Mariner on Holland America, so do your home work.
    Nerk
    29th Jul 2018
    9:20am
    Nice way to say your a 10 pound tourist.
    Cowboy Jim
    29th Jul 2018
    9:41am
    Have never had the 10 Pound trip, first trip was from Marseilles to Cape Town. Two years later I was offered a trip to Australia for 20 Rand which I politely refused; people seem to have forgotten that acceptance of the 10 Pound fare meant the loss of your travel document for 2 years. Might have been OK for families but not for a 22 year old wanting to see the world.
    Nerk
    29th Jul 2018
    9:19am
    We cannot have pensioners enjoying let alone going on cruises, how about a petition to Mr Tudge demanding that this stop, I once saw one of these pensioners enjoying a ice-cream this too has to cease and also lets take a leaf out of POL POT's education system and make these disgusting pensioner appreciate how kind this government is to the retired.
    Cowboy Jim
    29th Jul 2018
    5:03pm
    Yes, Nerk, let's spend more money taking in a lot from Africa to increase the street gangs in Melbourne, they need it more than the old age pensioners. What a stupid country we are becoming!


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