With today officially marking the end of the festive period, new research by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) has revealed that despite the ‘family politics’ that have become stereotypically synonymous with the Christmas period, Brits do in fact love spending time with their families over the break and would love to have the opportunity to do more of it in 2017.

In the survey, 67% of people said that they really enjoyed seeing their family at Christmas with half of respondents commenting that this was the most important part of the festive period for them.

While just over a quarter of respondents said that they liked spending time with their extended family for a limited time only, making time to enjoy their company during the rest of the year is in fact the number one priority for 50% of them.

It appears that millions of us are also keen to improve our work/life balance in 2017 to ensure more quality time with loved ones; 28% of those surveyed answered that regrettably, their personal lives can get neglected due to work commitments. As a result, 37% answered that having too much on at work causes them a great deal of stress and that a holiday is key to reducing this.

When it comes to planning a 2017 getaway, 60% of respondents are prioritising time to relax and unwind from the stresses of work, combined with 37% naming quality family time as the most important reason for booking a holiday.

Respondents also named having great views; the chance to visit more than one destination in the same holiday; a pool; and good entertainment as key factors when considering their next getaway.

Andy Harmer, vice president of operations and director of CLIA UK & Ireland, said: “Brits looking to take a break from the stresses of daily life and spend more time with the family should definitely be considering a cruise to meet all of their holiday needs and desires. Thanks to a combination of new destinations, on board experiences for family members of all ages along with plenty of new ships and state of the features there will be more choice in cruise holidays than ever before.”

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