Canadians debunk myths about cruise vacations



    
       One-third planning to take a cruise, ranking it high for value,
            excitement, activities & appeal across all age groups
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Are cruise vacations just for the old and
wealthy? Not anymore, according to a new survey from Ipsos-Reid and
Tripharbour.ca which debunks the myths of cruising.
    In fact, when asked what they thought about cruise vacations, the
majority of Canadians said they provide good value for money, provide lots of
fun things to see and do, appeal to all age groups, and take people to
exciting destinations.

    The main reasons Canadians give for rating a cruise vacation so highly
are:

    
    -  Cruising is more exciting than staying in a hotel (64%);
    -  Cruising provides good value for money (68%);
    -  There is a lot to see and do on a cruise ship (80%);
    -  Cruising appeals to all age groups (81%);
    -  Cruise ships are a romantic place to take a vacation (81%); and,
    -  Cruise ships travel to exciting places all over the world (94%).
    

    "These findings show we've come a long way in debunking the old myths
about cruise vacations," says Stuart MacDonald, President and CEO of
Tripharbour.ca - the Internet's first combined cruise community, planning and
buying site. "It's clear that most Canadians now see cruising as a fun and
affordable vacation experience that appeals to people of all ages and
interests."
    Interestingly, while fear of seasickness once kept many Canadians from
taking a cruise, the advent of large, modern cruise ships with stabilizers and
advanced radar seems to have steadied the course. In fact, 63% of Canadians
say they're not worried about getting seasick on a cruise ship.
    While two in ten Canadians have taken a cruise vacation in the past, a
full one third (33%) say they would consider taking a cruise for their next
vacation. Albertans (44%) are more likely to take a cruise for their next
vacation, followed by those in British Columbia (41%), Ontario (40%), Atlantic
Canada (34%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (25%) and Quebec (17%).
    "With the introduction of so many new cruise ships, exciting destinations
and attractive cruise fares over the past few years, the views of Canadians
towards a cruise vacation have become more positive than ever before," says
MacDonald. "I think the facts about what a vacation on a modern ship is really
like have finally overcome some of the old myths about cruising."

    These are the findings of an online Ipsos Reid poll of 1,043 Canadians
conducted on behalf of Tripharbour.ca from January 13 to 15, 2009.

    About Tripharbour.ca

    Tripharbour.ca is the web's first combined cruise community, planning and
buying site. Founded in 2008 by travel industry innovator Stuart MacDonald,
the site empowers travel consumers to find the cruise they've always wanted by
merging e-commerce with e-community. Tripharbour.ca is also equipped with
toll-free customer service support at 1-877-810-TRIP (8747), as well as an
online social media community. Visit www.Tripharbour.ca.




For further information:

For further information: or an interview, please contact Stuart
MacDonald at (416) 637-2341 or stuart@tripharbor.com; or Dave Moorcroft at
(416) 727-1858 or dave@tripharbor.com

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