• Research by Royal Caribbean reveals holidaymakers lack the know-how to find their dream getaway
  • Average holidaymaker goes on the same holiday four times in their lifetime
  • Almost 40% experience ‘holiday envy’
  • The Great Wall of China tops the list of sights people fear they will never see

 Over half of all holidaymakers admit they regret their holiday choices according to new research released today by Royal Caribbean International.

Over half (57 per cent) have specific regrets over the breaks they have taken, as a lack of confidence and destination know-how puts them off seeking new experiences, leading to forgettable getaways.

More than half (55 per cent) say worries such as language barriers and not understanding the local currency and customs encourages them to play it safe by visiting places they’ve been to before.

The research of 2,000 adults* shows that the average holidaymaker goes on the same holiday four times in their life, with a quarter admitting to regretting this, due to struggling to find new things to do and because of the initial excitement having worn off by their second visit.

Based on the poll, by the time holidaymakers have reached their mid-50s they will have visited the same destination five times and a quarter of over 55s will have been to the same place 10 times or more. In fact, being stuck in the same destination is the biggest regret for one in 10.

Forty per cent even admit to being jealous of a friend’s getaway and this ‘holiday envy’ is much more common among 18 – 34 year olds compared to those over 55 (60 per cent vs 24 per cent).

Meanwhile, one in six adults moan they’ve been on getaways they didn’t want to go on because they were dragged there by their partner, while the average person goes on three holidays that they could easily forget due to not doing anything out of the ordinary on their break.

The research also indicates that holidaymakers fear they’ll never get to see a long list of extraordinary sights around the world with The Great Wall of China topping the list, closely followed by Egypt’s Pyramids and the Taj Mahal in India.

The top 10 list of sights holiday makers fear they will regret never having seen:

  • Great Wall of China                         40%
  • Pyramids (Egypt)                              37%
  • Taj Mahal (India)                              36%
  • Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA)     28%
  • Niagara Falls (Ontario, Canada)  28%
  • Chichen Itza (Mexico)                    27%
  • Statue of Liberty (New York)       22%
  • Parthenon (Athens)                        16%
  • Coliseum (Rome)                             15%
  • Sistine Chapel (Rome)                    14%

To help guests discover their holiday potential, Royal Caribbean has created the first ever interactive, theatrical cruise experience on dry land; Symphony of the Senses. The two day event in central London will offer an exclusive and innovative preview of what will be the world’s newest and largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas.

Ben Bouldin, Associate Vice President and Managing Director, UK & Ireland, for Royal Caribbean International said: “It’s sad to hear so many of us lack the inspiration we need to book the getaway of our dreams.

“We believe a holiday is too important to get wrong, which is why we have launched this event to give a taste of the extraordinary moments found onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise, as part of our ‘This is How to Holiday’campaign. The Symphony of the Senses pop-up event promises to be a treat for all the senses, utilising sight, sound, feel, taste and smell to bring the wonders of our newest ship to life through cutting-edge innovation, West-End quality entertainment and magical activities.”

Showcasing what is set to be the world’s most extraordinary cruise ship Symphony of the Seas, when she launches in April 2018, the Symphony of the Senses experience will bring together the award-winning and acclaimed features only found on Royal Caribbean.

Docking in Holborn, the pop-up event is free for all to attend on Friday 2 February and Saturday 3 February**. Guests can book their boarding time here now.

One lucky attendee at the event will win a family holiday onboard Symphony of the Seas when it launches next year***


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