A study has found that just under half (49%) of first time cruisers are younger than 45, it has been revealed.
The research, which was completed by Cruise Critic, also revealed that around a third of first timers are aged between 45-55, while only 17% of those taking a cruise for the first time are 55-65.
Surprisingly only 3% of those who took part went on their first cruise above the age of 65.
Adam Coulter, editor of the UK site said: “Cruising is by no means reserved only for the domain of the retired. The appeal has broadened as cruise lines have made changes to attract a younger demographic, and improved the variety of cruises on offer. There is now a cruise tailored to almost every taste: from active, destination intensive holidays to slower-paced escapes for those who just want to unwind and relax. Another factor is that cruise is one of the few industries to buck the trend of mounting inflation, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), cruises purchased by UK holidaymakers in 2012 actually decreased in price since 2005, with the average cost falling by £46.”