Half of Cruisers Took Their First Cruise Before They Were 45, Only Three Percent Waited Until They Were Over 65

   Half of Cruisers Took Their First Cruise Before They Were 45, Only Three
                    Percent Waited Until They Were Over 65

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, Sept. 23, 2013

- Cruise Critic poll reveals surprising results about first-time cruising age

LONDON, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Results of a poll released today by
Cruise Critic® ( http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk ), the world's largest cruise
reviews site and cruise community, reveals that 49 percent of cruisers took
their first cruise before the age of 45. Just below a third were aged between
45 - 55 years old. Somewhat surprisingly, only 17 percent first cruised
between the ages of 55 – 65, and a mere 3 percent were older than 65.

With National Cruise Week launching on September 21st, Cruise Critic conducted
the poll to learn more about the average age of first-time cruisers, with the
results dispelling any myths about cruising only appealing to an older
demographic. Many cruise lines are keen to target the "new to cruise"
audience, including families, and this survey highlights that cruising is
attractive to people of all ages. 

Adam Coulter, UK editor of Cruise Critic, explains: "Cruising is by no means
reserved only for the domain of the retired. The appeal has broadened as
cruise lines have made changes to attract a younger demographic, and improved
the variety of cruises on offer. There is now a cruise tailored to almost
every taste: from active, destination intensive holidays to slower-paced
escapes for those who just want to unwind and relax. Another factor is that
cruise is one of the few industries to buck the trend of mounting inflation,
according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), cruises
purchased by UK holidaymakers in 2012 actually decreased in price since 2005,
with the average cost falling by £46*."

Cruise Critic is an online cruise guide which features cruise reviews, cruise
deals, news and information on all aspects of cruising. The site also hosts
the world's largest online cruise community -- a forum for asking cruise
questions, sharing advice and connecting with other cruisers.

For those interested in taking their first cruise, Cruise Critic offers advice
for new cruisers in its cruise planning guide, and the article 14 best cruise
lines for first time UK cruisers .

* CLIA UK Annual Cruise Market Report (p.10)

Notes to editor:

Poll information: The first-time cruise age poll was answered by 746
respondents and ran on the Cruise Critic homepage 9/05/13 to 9/18/13. Only one
vote per IP address is included in the results tally. To view the poll and
results, visit:
http://www.cruisecritic.com/polls/dailypoll_archive.cfm?ID=2667

Adam Coulter, UK editor, Cruise Critic is available for interview. Adam is
able to offer advice and industry insight during National Cruise Week.

Please contact:

UK PR Contact: Vikki Bulbeck, Cruise Critic Tel: +44-020-3194-2137Email:
vbulbeck@cruisecritic.co.uk

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