Cruise prices 'consistent' with 2012 levels, says study

Cruise prices ‘consistent’ with 2012 levels, says study

A study has revealed the cost of a cruise across a range of destinations has remained consistent, or in some cases cheaper, over the last 10 years.

The study, conducted by cruise specialist cruise.co.uk, found the majority of cruises remained cost consistent for sailings from seven to 14 nights – across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean.

The agency took a series of sample sailings in 2012, 2019 and 2022, comparing similar experiences, from multiple cruise lines. Most were, as a minimum, in line with inflation, if not cheaper, according to the study.

In one example, an inside cabin on a 14-night P&O Cruises’ Caribbean itinerary, sailing from Barbados, came in at £1,659pp, including flights, in 2012. In 2019 the cost was £1,503pp, while a matched 2022 sailing was £999.

Also, a balcony cabin on a summer 14-night Mediterranean voyage with Princess Cruises, sailing from Southampton, was £1,499pp in 2012, but £1,315pp if sailing this year – a reduction of 12 per cent.

Cruise ‘incredible’ value for money

Cruise.co.uk deputy managing director Tony Andrews said: “Given how much is included on a cruise holiday – such as meals, top class entertainment, kids’ clubs across a range of ages and on-board leisure facilities – means it’s phenomenal to see so many examples of consistent pricing over the last 10 years.

“Holidaymakers would be hard pushed to find any other getaway that offers such incredible value for money over time.

“With money-saving drinks packages also available on most sailings, we’re confident the all-inclusive nature of a holiday at sea means cruises will continue to offer unbeatable value.”

In July, a cruise.co.uk survey revealed that customers are still prioritising their holidays at sea despite the current increases in the cost of living.

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