Canadians looking for romance at sea



    
                8 in 10 Canadians find cruise ships romantic;
    9 in 10 say cruise ships travel to exciting places all over the world
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Lovers looking for a romantic vacation are likely
to find it blossom at sea, according to a new survey from Ipsos-Reid and
Tripharbour.ca.
    If Cupid needs a helping hand, most Canadians believe he'll find it on
the high seas, with 81% saying a cruise ship is a romantic place to take a
vacation. Moreover, 94% of Canadians say cruise ships travel to exciting
places all over the world, and 64% agree that cruising is more exciting than
staying in a hotel.
    "There's nothing more romantic than watching a sunset with the person you
love as your ship sails out of a gorgeous sea port," says Stuart MacDonald,
President and CEO of Tripharbour.ca., the Internet's first combined cruise
community, planning and buying site. "Whether it's an afternoon gondola ride
through the canals of Venice or a moonlit stroll along the promenade deck as
your ship glides through the Mediterranean Sea, nothing exudes romance more
than a cruise vacation."
    When it comes to romance at sea, the sexes are in complete agreement with
82% of men and 81% of women saying that cruise ships are a romantic place to
take a vacation. The same applies to age groups with 81% of Canadians aged
18-34 agreeing that cruises are romantic, versus 82% for people aged 35-54,
and 80% for folks aged 55 and over.
    "I'm not surprised the romance of cruising appeals to people of all ages
as well as both sexes," says MacDonald, who speaks with authority - he got
engaged on a cruise ship a number of years ago. "Cruise ships are the perfect
place to celebrate romantic occasions like an engagement or anniversary. And
most ships offer packages for people who want to get married, celebrate a
honeymoon or renew their wedding vows at sea."
    While Canadians give cruise vacations top marks for romance, they also
rank them high for excitement, with 94% saying cruise ships travel to exciting
destinations all over the world. These scores are consistent across all age
groups and all regions of the country. Moreover, two-thirds of Canadians (64%)
believe that taking a cruise vacation is more exciting than staying in a
hotel. According to the survey, people in Atlantic Canada (76%) were most in
agreement with this statement, and Quebecers (58%) less so.
    "More and more Canadians are beginning to realize that cruise vacations
offer everything that land-based resorts do, and much more," says MacDonald.
"Cruise ships have casinos, great entertainment, lots of activities, health
spas, a wonderful selection of restaurants and food, and rooms with a
spectacular view of the ocean. And passengers get to visit a new port of call
almost every day without having to pack their bags again or move to a new
hotel."

    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 and online 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; Judi Levita at (416)
824-3005; or Dave Moorcroft at (416) 727-1858 or dave@tripharbor.com.

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