Figures show we Aussies love our cruising holidays
THE lure of convenient luxury has won over Queensland hearts with a 30% increase in people taking cruises in 2015; the biggest surge in the country.
The 2015 Cruise Industry Source Market Report revealed the growth of cruising among Australians rose almost 15% - by 135,000 people - in 2015, off the back of a record year in 2014.
In 2015 the industry passed a major milestone of more than a million passengers in a calendar year. Since 2004, the number of Aussies cruising has increased six-fold. And it's not declining any time soon.
The Queensland Government Business and Industry Portal predicts solid long-term growth for the state's mega cruise sector with a total estimated output of $1.46 billion by 2024-25.
The cruise industry report showed the South Pacific was our favourite destination, attracting more than a third of cruisers.
Domestic cruises were the second favourite.
Europe remained the leading long-haul destination, coming in third overall and New Zealand cruises rose by 13.5%.
Short-break cruises (four days or less) rose in popularity by 25% and 15-21 day cruises went up 50%.
But almost 90% of all cruises in 2015 were 14 days or less.
So just what is it about cruising we love so much?
Flight Centre revealed the top five reasons to cruise:
Convenience: You only need to unpack once, but get to experience destinations you always dreamt of visiting.
Variety: There are so many activities on board and you can choose to do as little or as much as you like.
Value: All meals and on-board activities are included in the initial price, which makes it easy to budget for additional expenditure.
Satisfaction: Customer satisfaction surveys report a 90% satisfaction rating among passengers.