According to new research from CruiseDeals.co.uk, it is cheaper to go on a round-the-world cruise than it is to live in London.
The results showed that those living on a cruise will be more than £7-a-day better off than if they lived in the capital.
Life in London comes to £2,871.19-a-month on average – or £95.71 a day – including rent, rates, food, travel and entertainment. This is in comparison with a 120-day, full-board, round-the-world trip, with single supplement, which costs £88.53 per day.
Aside from stops in many ports including Barbados, Mexico and Australia, the fare includes main meals, afternoon tea, hot drinks, entertainment and port taxes. The company says that with similar deals available throughout the year, it's no surprise the cruise industry grew by 9% in 2015, with data from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) revealing that one-in-nine package holidays booked in 2015 was a cruise, up from one-in-ten the year before.
And the trend is set to continue, not least because the number of ships departing from the UK will increase in 2016. Norwegian Cruise Line is departing from the UK for the first time in seven years, while Thomson Cruises and Cruise and Maritime Voyages are launching ships dedicated to the UK market.
Meanwhile, a recent survey undertake by CruiseCritic reveals that two thirds of travellers prefer to sail from the UK, and highlights five of the most popular cruise ships sailing from the UK this year. They include Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Eclipse which sails to the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic and the Azores; P&O Cruises' Britannia which takes in destinations including the Mediterranean and Norwegian Fjords; Fred. Olsen Cruise Line's Boudicca which visits Spain, the Canary Islands, Morocco and the Norwegian Fjords; Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas which includes visits to the Canary Islands, Mediterranean and Spain; and Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess, which takes in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean.
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