Cruising is no longer only for the newly weds, the over fed and the nearly dead…

NEWS FLASH! Cruising is no longer only for the newly weds, the over fed and the nearly dead…

Top cruise myths blown out of the water!
Courtesy of The Telegraph CRUISE Show

MYTH: Cruising is only for the newly weds, the over-fed and the nearly dead.
FACT: Well, we can’t deny cruising is a great honeymoon option, or that it is loved by a slightly older demographic and those who are fans of the buffet BUT, they aren’t the only ones. More families are now cruising with children due to the fantastic on board facilities and activities, and the ratio of those under 35 increased from 11% in 2009 to 13% in 2011. Plus, a new wave of adventure style cruises and destinations is encouraging a younger audience meaning the average age of a cruise passenger is now only 55.

MYTH: Cruising is old fashioned, unpopular and not the type of holiday for me…
FACT: Cruise travel has come a long way since the days of the Titanic. In fact, nowadays 1 out of every 8 package holidays booked in the UK is a cruise and Britons took a whopping 1.7m ocean cruises last year. From small ships to tall ships and everything in between – there really is a cruise style for all interests. Also, the new trend of short cruises from 4 to 7 days offers a great opportunity to sample what cruising is all about.

MYTH: Cruising is boring, you’ll be stuck on a ship for days with nothing to do…
FACT: This is certainly not the case. Cruising puts entertainment at the forefront with fine dining experiences, family fun, spas and relaxation to more unusual activities including; outdoor cinemas, zip wires, rock climbing, ice skating, wine tasting, and art exhibitions plus Apple computer and photography lessons – so no time to develop cabin fever! For those with itchy feet, there are also thousands of shore excursions to choose from on days in port.

MYTH: Cruising is expensive and only for the privileged…
FACT: Cruise travel offers amazing value and you will be surprised what you can get for your money when you start comparing it to your usual land-based holiday. Plus, more than four in every 10 cruises last year were bought for less than £1,000 – Bargain!

MYTH: You can only cruise in the Caribbean
FACT: As lovely as the Caribbean is, Western Europe, Atlantic Islands, Norway and the Mediterranean were the big cruise destination winners in 2011. Cruise travel is actually blazing a trail with new destinations constantly being added. If you think about it, our planet is covered by around 70% of water – so it’s not surprising that you can really see more on a cruise with some places on Earth being only accessible by boat.

Now that we have exploded those common cruising myths for you, why not come and uncover a whole new world of voyages at The Telegraph CRUISE Show? Taking place at Glasgow’s SECC from 6 to 7 October 2012, this is your chance to discover why cruising has more than doubled in popularity over the last ten years. In fact, 700,000 of the 1.7 million cruisers last year were first timers– that’s four out of every ten passengers!

Whether you want to research and plan your first ever cruise or you are a seasoned cruiser looking for your next big cruising adventure, The Telegraph CRUISE Show gives you the chance to meet directly with over 100 cruise lines and specialist operators all under one roof. You can save thousands of pounds with the exclusive show-only offers while leading cruise experts will be on hand to offer inspiration, tips and advice about your next exciting getaway.

So go on, make a visit to the UK’s biggest cruise showcase this October – where will you be sailing off to next?

The Telegraph CRUISE Show
SECC, Glasgow 6 – 7 October 2012

Tickets cost £6 in advance and £10 on the door, under 16s free; for full details and to book tickets visit www.cruisin… or call 0871 620 4024

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