18 per cent stay 
on cruise ships

According to a report commissioned by a cruise website, almost a fifth of UK cruisers never leave their ships.

Cruise Compare surveyed 1,006 UK cruisers as to various aspects of their cruising habits and in answer to the question ‘Do you leave the ship when it docks at different ports,’ 18 per cent said they never did.

The percentage of people who said they always disembarked was 32 per cent. Of those who left, 49 per cent said they did so to experience different cultures, and 11 per cent said they left to meet locals.

Staying on board

Of those who stayed on board, 32 per cent said it was because of extra costs involved with shore attractions and 28 per cent said they stayed because of the range of activities on board the ships.

In a study undertaken by Cruise Holidays in January, the Caribbean was the best value for cruises.

In a survey of 145 travel agents, 49 per cent put the Caribbean at the top with average pricing trending lower than other destinations such as the Mediterranean.

Such elements as free air travel, buy one get one free deals and on-board credits were pegged by agents as helping travellers decide to cruise.

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