What are People’s Biggest Cruise Fears?

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Everyone loves the smell of the Ocean, the feeling of wind in the hair combined with access to open bars and various fun activities. You can experience all this onboard a cruise ship but it is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Cruise fears:

According to a research conducted, one in seven Australians, roughly around 2.8 million Aussies, avoid going on cruises due to fear of pirates.

  • 37% have voiced their fears over getting food poisoning or gastrointestinal problems, making it one of the most common fear.
  • 34% have voiced their fear of encountering big storms and another 33% have voiced fears of experiencing seasickness, falling sick, getting injured and being airlifted or in the event of vessel sinking.
  • Around 12% have a fear of hitting an iceberg and 11% have a fear of falling overboard the vessel.

Reports confirm their fear:

  • According to a latest research conducted by ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report, pirates and armed robbers attacked 43 ships and captured 58 seafarers globally in the first quarter of 2017.
  • There were also 12 cases of Norovirus and E. Coli – the most common agents of food poisoning – reported officially by the Vessel Sanitation Program in 2016.
  • Luckily, it’s not all bad news, as 26 per cent of Australian travellers reported that nothing would prevent them from heading offshore on a cruise.
  • New figures from the Cruise Lines International Association also show that the number of Aussies heading on a cruise grew by 21 per cent in 2016 to a record 1,281,159 passengers.
  • That’s 1 in 19 Australians (5.3 per cent of the population) that cruised last year – the highest ratio in the world.

At the end of the day, it’s up to industry experts to educate travellers on the facts.

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Source: Travel Weekly