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Sydney and New York tie for top place as our favourite cruise ports

Two of the world’s iconic cruise destinations, Sydney and New York, are revealed as this year’s favourite cruise ports in a new “Greatest Journey” survey, published to mark National Cruise Week (September 15-23).

The YouGov survey, commissioned by the Passenger Shipping Association, showed these top two cruise destinations favourites, with 13 per cent of the vote each, edging out the perennially popular Venice into third place (10 per cent). Rome and Singapore came next, also tied at 6 per cent each, narrowly beating Barcelona at 5 per cent, and Cape Town at 4 per cent.

Greatest Journeys

The survey asked in depth about respondents’ ideas of what defines a “great journey”, and why they would like to embark on one. A round the world trip was voted as the favoured destination for a “great journey”, with over two in five GB adults (42 per cent) selecting it. The same percentage (42 per cent) thought that “stress–free travel” would define a “great journey” - with 37 per cent opting for “luxury all the way“

After a round-the-world trip, specific destinations or travel itineraries that featured strongly in peoples’ ideas of their great journey included experiencing the Northern Lights (40 per cent); visiting exotic beaches (31 per cent); seeing remote islands (28 per cent); visiting the Galapagos Islands (24 per cent); journeying to Antarctica (18 per cent) and going through the Panama Canal (12 per cent). 

Cunard Queens in Sydney
Sydney has been voted the favourite cruise port, along with New York

Reasons for going on your Greatest Journey

In a fascinating insight into the reasons behind us wanting to go on a great journey, nearly two thirds of GB adults (63 per cent) said it was to “create unforgettable memories”, with nearly one in two (48 per cent) of respondents travelling “to escape day-to-day life”.

Having “a life changing experience” was a reason given by 45 per cent, while 42 per cent selected “spending quality time with friends and family”, matching a similar 42 per cent who would embark to “experience the unexpected”. Also up there as reasons for great journeys is the chance to be “immersed in new cultures” (39 per cent), to “meet new people” (27 per cent), and even to “learn a new skill” (9 per cent).

Favourite holiday views

The survey also delved into our favourite holiday views - all of which are possible to experience as a grandstand view from the deck of either an ocean-going or river cruise ship. Top of the poll came “deserted beaches”, voted for by 32 per cent of GB adults, with a tie for second place (21 per cent) between “country landscapes” and “sun setting behind mountains”. Next were city skylines (7 per cent), ships on the horizon, (6 per cent), and cool rivers (4 per cent).

Cruise main attractions

If you choose to take your idea of a greatest journey on board a cruise ship, what would you regard as a cruise holiday’s main attractions?
The survey found that, for nearly one in two British adults (48 per cent), it would be the chance to visit multiple destinations in one trip, followed closely (45 per cent) by the very practical benefit to “multi-visit” destinations while only having to unpack once.

Third at 34 per cent was the all-inclusive nature and value of a cruise holiday, with “waking up in a new port every day” next at 33 per cent, followed by “the food” (24 per cent), voted for by nearly one in four of adults.
Onboard cruise entertainment shows scored 16 per cent, just pipping the opportunity to meet people from a wide range of cultures and nationalities (15 per cent). The welcoming cruise crews were mentioned by one in ten (10 per cent), while 8 per cent thought the main attraction of a cruise holiday was its better value for money compared to other all-inclusive holidays.

... but is it the end of the celebrity culture on board?

When it comes down to it, however, to dreaming about with whom you would most like to share your cabin, one in two British adults would much prefer to share with our partner or family member, according to the survey. Even Johnny Depp could only muster 5 per cent of votes (though one has to say this rose to 9 per cent of females), the same as Cheryl Cole (though this did double to 10 per cent among men).

Other celebs like Scarlet Johansson and Angelina Jolie followed with 4 per cent, with Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore registering just 2 per cent on our lists of fantasy cabin partners.

Says Bill Gibbons, director of the Passenger Shipping Association: “The survey shows that “greatest journeys” means to most a mixture of fabulous and fascinating destinations, but matched by the full excitement of the “getting there”, with a level of luxury and service in a stress-free environment, coupled with practical advantages such as value for money and seeing as many places as possible on one unpacked suitcase” “On all these fronts, cruising scores highly, and as National Cruise Week gets under way, a warm welcome awaits for passengers planning their own greatest journey, particularly those who have not cruised before.”

  • All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2036 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24th - 26th July 2012.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
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    Posted on 12th September 2012 at 08:57 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | PSA | (0) Comments

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