30% of Cruise Passengers Would Consider A Life at Sea

Nearly one in three passengers would consider living long-term on a cruise ship, according to a recent survey by cruise.co.uk.

Nearly one in three passengers would consider living long-term on a cruise ship, according to a recent survey by cruise.co.uk. The cruise specialist announced the finding as part of a poll of 700 of its customers, which asked if they would be interested in an extended sea break of six months or more.

1% of those questioned went further and said they are actively looking into living onboard.

The most attractive benefit of a life at sea is ‘to view the world’, which was listed by 34% of respondents. ‘No need to worry about home maintenance, housekeeping or cooking’ came second at 26%, while ‘knowing my budget for everything in advance’ was third at 14%.

P&O Cruises was the favoured cruise line, with 31% saying they would like a long-term stay on one of their seven ships. The Southampton-based operator offers a mix of both family-friendly and adult-only departures.

Celebrity Cruises was next at 12%, while Cunard and Royal Caribbean both polled 11%.

Tony Andrews, managing director of cruise.co.uk, said: “These findings highlight a growing interest in the unique lifestyle that long-term cruising offers. From the appeal of exploring all seven continents to the convenience of worry-free living, it’s clear there is a real desire to make a holiday at sea a more permanent arrangement. And with so much to do both onboard and on land, the opportunities for adventure are endless.

“It’s something of a myth that people can choose to live on cruise ships, with that possibility only open in a few cases. But there is a significant potential market for those cruise lines who would consider offering passengers more long-standing options onboard.”

Top five reasons for living onboard
* Being able to see the world – 34%
* No need to worry about home maintenance, housekeeping or cooking – 26%
* Knowing my budget for everything in advance – 14%
* A distinctive and adventurous way of life – 11%
* Fewer possessions and responsibilities – 9%

Top five preferred long-term cruise lines
* P&O Cruises – 31%
* Celebrity Cruises – 12%
* Cunard – 11%
* Royal Caribbean – 11%
* Princess Cruises – 10%

For more information go to cruise.co.uk or call 0330 303 8478.

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