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31 October 2012 09:33
Almost one on five travellers who embark on a cruise cannot swim
Almost one in five holidaymakers who embark on a cruise cannot swim, with many of those thinking it is of little importance to keep their heads above water when boarding a ship, according to new research.
Online cruise holiday website bonvoyage.co.uk polled 1,562 cruise-goers and found 19% could not swim. Surprisingly, 52% of non-swimmers revealed they felt completely at ease being surrounded by the ocean.
More than third of those who cannot swim said they would consider learning if it became a prerequisite of a cruise holiday, while 11% used the motivation of going on a cruise as a reason to take the plunge. A further quarter (24%) would refuse to learn and use their
travel insurance on another form of holiday.
"It was quite surprising to find out that some people who go on cruise holidays don't actually know how to swim," said Stephanie Curtin, cruise development manager of bonvoyage.co.uk. "The idea of being surrounded by water would make you think that it would be a good idea to learn."
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