Captain Cook Cruises' m.v. Reef Endeavour stands off an island in the Lau group of eastern Fiji.
Captain Cook Cruises' m.v. Reef Endeavour stands off an island in the Lau group of eastern Fiji. DAVID POTTS

Figures show we Aussies love our cruising holidays

THE lure of convenient luxury has won over Queensland hearts with a 30% increase in people taking cruises in 2015; the biggest surge in the country.

The 2015 Cruise Industry Source Market Report revealed the growth of cruising among Australians rose almost 15% - by 135,000 people - in 2015, off the back of a record year in 2014.

In 2015 the industry passed a major milestone of more than a million passengers in a calendar year. Since 2004, the number of Aussies cruising has increased six-fold. And it's not declining any time soon.

The Queensland Government Business and Industry Portal predicts solid long-term growth for the state's mega cruise sector with a total estimated output of $1.46 billion by 2024-25.

The cruise industry report showed the South Pacific was our favourite destination, attracting more than a third of cruisers.

Domestic cruises were the second favourite.

Europe remained the leading long-haul destination, coming in third overall and New Zealand cruises rose by 13.5%.

Short-break cruises (four days or less) rose in popularity by 25% and 15-21 day cruises went up 50%.

But almost 90% of all cruises in 2015 were 14 days or less.

So just what is it about cruising we love so much?

Flight Centre revealed the top five reasons to cruise:

Convenience: You only need to unpack once, but get to experience destinations you always dreamt of visiting.

Variety: There are so many activities on board and you can choose to do as little or as much as you like.

Value: All meals and on-board activities are included in the initial price, which makes it easy to budget for additional expenditure.

Satisfaction: Customer satisfaction surveys report a 90% satisfaction rating among passengers.

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