Myths About Cruising

Cruising is only for old people!

This was true maybe twenty years ago but now people of all ages are cruising. The latest figures from the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) show that the average age of a UK cruise passenger is now just over 54.

Cruising is expensive!

According to a recent report from the PSA although average prices have risen by 7% it is still lower than in 2006 with one in every seven cruises costing less than £500 per person.

Will I get seasick?

The truthful answer to this is possibly but the reality is that today’s modern ships are all stabilised to reduce the rolling (side to side motion) and designed by sophisticated computer aided design equipment to minimise pitching (up and down motion). If you do feel seasick you could always try the “Julie McIntyre Sea Sickness Remedy” of drinking more Gin!!!

Is cruising safe?

Ships now have to follow an extraordinary number of rules and regulations that safeguard both passengers and crewmembers. The biggest risk to a cruise ship is not sinking in Titanic-esque style, it is in fact – fire, and when it comes to fire safety, ships operate under international rules known as Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS).

Cruise Ships are overcrowded!

I recently travelled on a ship that held just over 500 guests and crew and can honestly say I never felt claustrophobic at any point. There is always somewhere to escape to, some little corner that no one else has found for you to relax in peace and solitude. If you want an indication of how crowded a ship is you need to work out the Passenger Space Ratio which can be done by dividing the ships tonnage by its total passenger capacity. A Space Ratio of 50 and above is the ultimate: 30-50 very spacious; 20-30 is reasonably spacious; 10-20 is high density; and 10 or below is extremely cramped.