What are People’s Biggest Cruise Fears?


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