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Taking a cruise vacation has positive mental and emotional health benefits long after the getaway is over, a new study found.
While all vacations leave travelers feeling good, researchers decided to look at the specific benefits of a cruise.
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They found that the trip taps into three different types of wellbeing: the emotional experience of a getaway, the relationship factor of meeting new people and the thinking experience of seeing new places and broadening the mind.
Researchers suggest that the multifaceted features of a cruise trip make it more stimulating and beneficial than a one-destination holiday, and the effects linger up to six months after returning home.
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Cruises are known for their wide array of activities, travel to multiple destinations and luxurious accommodations that about 25 million people worldwide experience each year.
Tourism researchers from the University of China conducted a psychological questionnaire on 317 tourists as they returned from a cruise vacation and another group of 295 people who had taken a cruise six months earlier.
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The questions were specifically designed to test the participant's own perceptions of wellbeing, such as life satisfaction and emotional state of mind.
The cruisers represented a wide range of ages, backgrounds and had traveled with different cruise lines on a variety of routes from Korea to the Caribbean.
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Researchers evaluated three factors of the cruise experience: emotional experience, relational and thinking experience.
Short-term happiness from cruise travel was created mainly through emotional...
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