A new study conducted by www.bonvoyage.co.uk has revealed that the cost of the average cruise has decreased by around 22% in the past five years.
Factors contributing to this include more onboard spending opportunities, meaning cruise operators can justify lower prices if passengers will spend more on the ship, as well as a surge in last minute deals and bookings on many cruises.
Booking a cruise is traditionally something most people expect to be fairly expensive, but new research has shown that prices for this type of holiday are generally decreasing; making a cruise a more obtainable trip for many.
The company gathered information by taking into account site statistics from the past three years, as well as results from a poll of 1,274 individuals who had all been on a cruise five years ago and had booked a cruise either for this year or in 2014.
On average, when taking into account the cruise prices of those that had travelled five years ago and those that had booked a cruise for this year or 2014, this data revealed that the price of a cruise has decreased by around 22% since 2008. The study results revealed that the average cost of a cruise amongst those respondents that had been away five years ago was ‘£1,600’ per person, whereas the average cost amongst those planning to cruise this year or in 2014, based on their bookings, was 22% lower at ‘£1,248’ per person.
Furthermore, 38% of respondents commented that, despite the lower costs and potential onboard cuts, they had noticed improvements in services on cruises in the past five years including food and entertainment quality (31%), level of service (22%) and quality of staff (19%).