• 8.6million UK adults have found their sea legs and set sail on cruise holidays since 2010 
  • No longer the preserve of the over 50s, cruising is now extremely popular with 18-34 year olds
  • We’ve set out some key things to be aware of before you dust off your desk shoes and book a cabin

According to research commissioned by LV= last summer, more than half of those surveyed (52%) told us that after going on a cruise for the first time,  they then go on one or more every year thereafter. By contrast, around a third of the people, who had never been on a cruise holiday, said they wouldn’t even consider one.

Perhaps this reluctance is down to cruising being seen to be a holiday for an older generation? Or the belief that ‘cruises aren’t cool’.

But the survey revealed that doesn’t appear to be the case, with cruises now proving more popular among younger adults, with the average age of the contemporary cruiser now 45. In fact, 21% of 18-34s set sail in the past five years, compared to just 9% of 35-54s and 13% of over-55s.

There are so many choices to make when you come to book. Will you choose a luxurious, formal liner or a more laid-back style cruise holiday? Where will you go from and to? Do you choose a week, a fortnight or an epic 60 day cruise?

To help make a decision, you might be interested to read our first time cruiser’s guide, written by author of Tom’s Cruise Blog, Tom Burke.

As wonderful as cruise holidays can be though, it’s not all plain sailing. 

Around one in five cruise goers suffer from seasickness while on a cruise - and around a quarter of all cruisers experience more serious problems such as norovirus, food poisoning and flu. This could lead to you being confined to your cabin – or in the worst cases, you may have to disembark at one of the destination ports in order to seek medical treatment.

In these cases, you should consider taking out a travel insurance policy for your trip. The research revealed that 13% of cruisers set sail without travel insurance despite the expensive costs of re-joining a ship or repatriation if you’ve been left in a port. 

Travel insurance with included cruise cover could also come in handy to offer protection for your belongings on the ship. 39% of the people surveyed lost items or had them damaged or stolen while on a cruise, at an average cost of £481. One in six had even lost something overboard!  

Now that it’s cool to cruise, you may decide to join the 8.6 million other Brits who have taken to the high seas in the past five years. Just make sure you consider taking out a single trip or annual travel insurance policy before you go!