Cruise Critic

Cruise Critic

June 30, 2008 01:00 ET

Cruise Critic: Romance on the High Seas

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - Do travellers think of cruising when planning a romantic vacation? Is the ambience of a cruise conducive to romance? Cruise Critic(R) (www.cruisecritic.co.uk), the world's leading online resource for consumer-oriented cruise reviews and news conducted a survey of more than 1,800 travellers to find the answers to these questions and more.

All Aboard the Love Boat

Affairs of the heart on the high seas have been romanticized for generations. Some of the most romantic films of all time, such as Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in "An Affair to Remember," spotlight cruise travel as a wonderful aphrodisiac. Is this romantic notion perpetuated today, or is it just an idealized myth?

In the real world, 52 percent of survey respondents think a cruise is a great romantic vacation option and 56 percent think it is an ideal way to celebrate a significant anniversary. "The Love Boat's" penchant for celebrating romance resonated with those who responded to the poll; when asked, "If you went on a cruise with romance in mind, what type of romance would you be looking for?" 91 percent would be interested in spending time with "someone special."

What makes a cruise one of the most romantic vacations in the world? Cruise expert and Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic, Carolyn Spencer Brown said, "Cruising -- with its cozy cabins, private balconies, intimate restaurants for dining a deux, plus the unimaginable romance of being out at sea, away from all semblance of normal daily routines -- is one of the most romantic ways to travel. Furthermore, cruise lines offer an array of romantic options including his and her spa treatments, private dining options and wedding packages."

The Dating Game

"As a singles hotspot, cruise ships don't yet rival dating sites like Match.com for offering super easy ways to meet potential partners, but they are coming on strong. Cruising is a great choice for a singles vacation according to 32 percent of survey respondents," notes Spencer Brown, who met her now-husband on board a cruise ship while traveling solo. "The combination of activities that aim to bring single travellers together and the fact that people are less inhibited on a cruise ship than in their daily routines helps romance along."

About Cruise Critic

Launched in October 1995, by The Independent Traveler, Inc., Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet. It is both an interactive online cruise guide providing ship reviews and editorially driven cruise-related features and an active community, where travellers can share opinions and experiences. In the last five years, traffic on CruiseCritic.com has grown 350 percent and it currently attracts more than five million visitors per year. In response to this burgeoning demand and worldwide growth, Cruise Critic launched its U.K.-based sister site CruiseCritic.co.uk, in January 2008. Cruise Critic and The Independent Traveler were acquired by TripAdvisor(R), LLC, the world's largest travel community and an operating company of Expedia, Inc. in May 2007.

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