Traveling Americans are Eager to Cruise Again

September 22, 2022

A recent survey conducted by InsureMyTrip revealed that travel enthusiasts are excited to cruise again.

A new survey finds an overwhelming majority of travelers plan on taking a cruise in the next two years and they’re not waiting until the traditional “wave season” to book. InsureMyTrip surveyed travelers who have cruised in the past or were interested in cruising.

Cruise ship
Photo by Maurício Mascaro

Traveling Americans are Eager to Cruise Again

    Survey Question:

    Do you plan to take a cruise within the next two years?

    Survey Results:

    Yes: 96.1%
    No: 1.1%
    Not Sure: 2.8%

    “The results of this survey show travelers are, once again, feeling comfortable cruising,” says InsureMyTrip Product Director Meghan Walch. “The cruise industry took a big hit during the pandemic. It is encouraging to see the cruise industry bounce back after a couple of tough years.”

    Most Popular Months to Cruise

    According to new data-driven reports by InsureMyTrip and CruiseCompete, the most popular months to take a cruise are September, October, November, and December.

    Jump in Cruise Prices

    Cruisers are paying more for their vacations. InsureMyTrip researchers found the average trip cost for an insured cruise vacation so far this year is $6,367 — that’s up from $5,420 in 2019, before the pandemic.

    Understanding Travel Insurance for Cruises

    Since cruisers are paying more, this means they have more to protect if they need to cancel or cut a trip short. A travel insurance policy can help protect that financial investment.

    Flight delay/cancellation

    Travel delay, trip interruption or missed connection may provide reimbursement if a covered flight delay or cancellation causes a traveler to miss a cruise departure, an entire leg of a trip, or a pre-paid excursion. Benefits may also help to reimburse expenses, such as meals and accommodations, while a traveler is catching up to the ship. 


    If a traveler contracts the virus and they have a confirmed diagnosis, policies can include coverage for things like returning home early, emergency medical care, or emergency medical evacuation.

    Baggage loss or delay

    Travel insurance coverage may help to reimburse a traveler for necessities purchased while waiting for luggage to arrive.

    Other issues

    Travel insurance coverage for things like financial default, shipboard service disruption, and hurricanes/bad weather can also be beneficial when taking a cruise.  

    Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) 

    This optional coverage gives a traveler the flexibility to cancel a trip, at least two days prior to departure, for something other than a covered reason.

    Reimbursement is typically 50%-75% of prepaid nonrefundable trip cost if all requirements are met.

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    1. Anyone thinking about cruising needs to remember that prices have gone up. Everything has gone up due to the pandemic over the past few years, so being prepared for that price hike is a big consideration.

    2. I do plan to take a cruise within the next two years with my family and December is a popular month.

    3. Im not surprised with the results of the survey! I too is a travel enthusiast and Im excited for some cruising next year.

    4. I haven't taken a cruise in about 4 years, thanks of course to COVID. I live close to the cruise port at Galveston, Texas so it's only a matter of time until I cruise once again.

    5. I'm putting a cruise on the list to try it with my partner. These are good things to consider. Thank you for sharing!

    6. I can't believe prices went up so much! I think you really have to consider flights these days too!

    7. I definitely agree with this survey! I am not an American but I can't wait to go on a cruise again. Looking forward for the industry to bounce back. And yes, will keep in mind to get travel insurance.

    8. I really can’t wait to cruise again! The results of the survey is not surprising for me. These are all really great things to consider thanks for sharing this with us!