Value for money, the chance to see a number of destinations and only having to unpack once; it’s no wonder more and more Australians are taking up cruising. However, it’s not just retirees choosing cruise holidays according to the latest statistics from online travel insurance company, InsureandGo.
Recent statistics from InsureandGo have shown there is no longer one ‘type’ of traveller opting for a cruise holiday, with the travel insurance company witnessing policies being taken out by a range of age groups from 18 – 99 year olds[ii]. The ages of cruise passengers are definitely beginning to balance out with one in five passengers being a retiree, aged 70 and over, and one in five passengers being a millennial aged 18 to 34[iii].
This year alone, the ages of cruisers taking up InsureandGo’s Cruise policy was spread across the board with 8.80% of policies taken out by 18-29 year olds, 10.26% by 30-39 year olds, 15.40% by 40-49 year olds, 20.89% by 50-59 year olds, 23.22% by 60-69 year olds, 17.24% by 70-79 year olds and 4.06% by people aged 80 and older[iv].
Mr Jonathan Etkind, Commercial Manager of InsureandGo said, “Cruising is definitely on the rise and not just amongst middle-aged Australians but also for people in their twenties and thirties. The cruise industry is evolving quickly and offering more unique experiences, which has made them a more attractive holiday to people of all ages.”
In response to the growing popularity of cruise holidays, InsureandGo was the first travel insurance company in Australia to develop a specialised policy to provide cover for almost any cruise. The companies’ Cruise Travel Insurance includes cover for a number of scenarios that could come up whilst travelling on a cruise such as missing a cruise departure, port cancellation due to weather, or medical assistance required on-board.
“Many people think that cruises are all-inclusive, forgetting that travel insurance needs to be purchased separately to their trip. Our Cruise policy is one of our most popular policies and with cover starting from just $30[v], it’s an easy way to help travellers safeguard themselves against the unexpected to ensure they have the best possible cruise vacation,” concluded Mr Etkind.