Cruise poll shows Americans unpopular at seaBut some want to steer clear of fellow Brits

19 February 2008

21%

Didn't want to mix with fellow Britons while at sea

Cruise holiday numbers are soaring but many are still reluctant to take to the high seas through dislike of other passengers, says a new poll.

Americans top the list of fellow travellers that Britons most want to avoid at sea, a survey by website company Cruise Critic found.

Nearly half of those polled would rather not bump into people from the US while on ships.

Fellow Britons

And as many as 21% of the people questioned did not care to mix with fellow Britons while at sea.

Next in the must-avoid nations list was Germany, followed by France and Russia.

Cruise Critic editor-in-chief Carolyn Spencer Brown said: 'This survey is a bit of fun and in fact most cruise travellers are far too busy enjoying themselves to worry about their fellow companions.

'Modern cruise holidays on big ships involve a plethora of entertainment, activity and dining options, meaning that you are very unlikely to be stuck with anyone you don't want - unless of course, it's the better half.'

More taking cruises

The survey follows figures last week from cruise company Carnival predicting that 1.55 million Britons would take cruise holidays this year.

It added that the annual figure was expected to rise to two million by 2012 and rocket to 5 million by 2020.

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