Cruisers: Book a trip online but ditch the technology on-board
Some time away from the lure of every-day technology appears to be a motivating factor for cruise trippers, with a total digital “detox” a popular choice for many in a recent survey.
A study from cruise online travel agency BonVoyage (decent enough sample size of nearly 1,350 Brits) found that almost four out of ten (39%) would like a complete break away from their “usual tech-filled environment”.
Over half (57%) would go on a tech-free cruise if available while 18% admitted they considered having gadgets and other tech items on board to be “stressful”.
Almost half (23%) said they would struggle to switch off if they had personal devices on-board with them and just over a quarter (27%) thought it unnecessary to bring technology along on a trip.
But what would be the item most missed if travellers opted for a tech-free cruise holiday?
The survey found:
- Mobile phone – 72%
- Tablet – 53%
- MP3 player – 41%
- Kindle – 32%
- Gaming console – 21%
Despite the desire to ditch the tech, previous studies show that cruise trippers are happy to use their devices and other technology when sailing the seas.
A survey by CruiseCompare in 2011 outlined to what extent passengers are using their own technology when on-board a ship, while Royal Caribbean is actively promoting its technological prowess in terms of gadgets and other devices available to travellers.
NB: Ship technology image via Shutterstock.
Kevin May is a senior editor and one of the co-founders at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and will be publishing his first book - a biography about electronic band, Depeche Mode - soon.