Allianz Travel Insurance reveals surge in millennials cruising
While overflowing backpacks and crowded hostels have long been the travel method of choice for millennials, an increasing number are now opting for the ease and affordability of a cruise holiday.
Data from leading assistance provider, Allianz Global Assistance, shows the number of Aussies embarking on cruises has grown dramatically in recent years, in particular within the millennial demographic (19-35 years old), which has seen a staggering increase of 118 percent between 2015 – 2017.
21-year-old Aussie traveller, Isabella Johnson, has taken numerous cruises, her most recent – a cruise around Europe with her friends.
“My friends and I love cruising! Having the opportunity to see so many new places all while on the same ship means you’re never bored. My most recent cruise went to Rome, Pompeii, Barcelona, Istanbul, Ephesus and Mykonos, all without the worry of getting between each stop and carrying heavy luggage in and out of hostels.
“We also had the opportunity to meet so many new people while travelling who I still keep in contact with even today,” Isabella said.
So where are they cruising to?
The Pacific, Vanuatu and New Caledonia have been the destinations of choice for Aussie travellers for years and remain popular. However, in the past year, millennials have increasingly opted for cruises around Australia, with the homeland overtaking the Pacific as one of the top three cruising destinations for millennials in 2017 and so far for 2018.
Brendon Dyer, General Manager Direct & Retail, Allianz Travel Insurance says “While backpacking and staying in hostels is still appealing for young Aussie travellers, millennials are increasingly recognising the benefits of cruising so they can spend less time planning and more time to enjoy their holiday.
“We encourage all travellers to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover issues that may arise more commonly on cruises such as illness or injury at sea, loss of luggage, delayed flights or missed connections. With the rising popularity of Australian-based cruises, travellers should also be aware that travel on internationally registered cruise ships, even within domestic waters, is still classed as an international trip and therefore not covered by Medicare.”
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