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Cruise to ‘buck holiday price trends’

Cruise, Wave

Cruise holidays in 2023 will continue to buck the trend of increasing holiday costs, according to new research. said that its latest findings show cruises “will remain at the same price as an equivalent sailing a decade ago”.

The majority of seven to 14-nights itineraries across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean will remain cost consistent.

The online agent took a series of sample sailings, comparing similar experiences from multiple operators. Most were in line with inflation, if not cheaper overall.

In one example, an inside cabin on a 14-night P&O Cruises Caribbean voyage, sailing from Barbados, came in at £1,659 including flights in 2012. In 2019, it was £1,503 per person, while a matched 2023 sailing was £1,139.

Cruise ‘as popular as ever’ deputy managing director Tony Andrews said: “2023 is shaping up to be another year where holidaymakers can take advantage of the incredible value for money an escape at sea offers.

“With meals, top class entertainment, kids’ clubs and on-board leisure facilities all included in the price, a cruise is hard to beat for price, choice and convenience.

“Furthermore, it’s clear the popularity of cruise remains as strong as ever, which is reflected in the sheer number of customers who have booked with us in 2022. We’re eagerly anticipating this trend continuing into the new year.

“What’s more, our option to stay on before or after sailing has proved a real hit this year. With travel now opened up again, customers are taking advantage of longer holidays to really make the most of their time away.

“We have every confidence 2023 is shaping up to be the year of cruise.”

Earlier this year, also reported that customers were still prioritising their holidays at sea despite the current increases in the cost of living.

Overall,’s bookings are up 35 per cent on 2019.

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