New research from an independent online cruise travel agent has revealed that the average cruiser gains 12-14 pounds when on a two week cruise, with a further 31% admitting to eating ‘double’ the amount of calories each day of a two week cruise, when compared to at home.
As part of ongoing research into the holiday habits of Britons, an independent online cruise travel agent has conducted research into the eating habits of cruisers across the UK, in a bid to discover how much weight is gained on an average fortnight cruise holiday.
The study, conducted by Bonvoyage.co.uk, polled 1,281 British cruisers who had been on a two-week cruising holiday in the past 2 years; asking them how much weight they gained, if any, whilst on the cruise in question. According to the research, more than half, 52%, of the respondents admitted to gaining 12 – 14 pounds whilst they were away.
A further 6% of the respondents said that they gained between 16-18 pounds whilst on their two week cruise; yet in contrast, almost a tenth, 9%, of the respondents said that they gained just 2-4 pounds when on their two-week cruising holiday.
The majority of the respondents, 84%, stated that they ate more each day when on a cruise, compared to when at home; with almost a third, 31%, saying that on a daily basis, they ate ‘double’ the amount of calories when on a two week cruise compared to everyday life at home.
Two thirds, 66%, of the respondents also said that they ate ‘less healthily’ when on a cruise holiday when compared to being at home.
Of those of had gained weight whilst away, 41% admitted to ‘struggling’ to lose the extra weight gained once home from their cruise. Furthermore, a quarter, 24%, of those who gained weight whilst cruising stated that they gained more weight when on a two week cruise than they did throughout the festive season.
According to the research, over half, 59%, of the respondents admitted that they dieted before going on a cruising holiday. When these respondents were asked why they dieted before their holiday, 38% said it was simply so they could indulge whilst away.
Steph Curtin, Cruise Development Manager of bonvoyage.co.uk, spoke about the findings: “I am as guilty as these respondents when it comes to indulging when on a cruise holiday, as the delicious food and drink on offer can be difficult to say no to. This is particularly the case when on an all-inclusive cruise, where you know that all of the tempting food on offer has already been paid for!”
He continued: “These questions were all based on a two week cruise and I think we all deserve to kick back and relax for two weeks when on holiday. Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be as enjoyable if we couldn’t eat and drink what we wanted when on holiday; and if you do feel like you’re putting on a few pounds, many cruises have on-board gyms to help you work off those extra calories!”