New Carnival Cruise Line research, which shows some worrying signs for couples travel (and romance in general), has prompted CCL to trial a first-ever ‘flirt class’ at sea.
In the CCL study, two in three (64%) Aussie parents with children aged over 13 years said they hadn’t been on a kid-free holiday in over a year, while almost half (46%) admitted they’d forgotten how to flirt with their partner.
In other alarming results, half (50%) of those polled said that since having children they’d forgotten what their partner’s signature dance moves were, while nearly one in two (45%) revert to talking about their children on kid-free vacations.
Additionally, one in three Australian mums and dads confessed that time together without children could be initially awkward.
“It’s easy to let the flirty, fun side of things go by the wayside amongst all of the commitments that come with being a parent, so it’s no surprise that keeping the spark alive in a relationship can be tricky,” relationship expert Jacqui Manning said.
“Quality time is one of the key ingredients in helping parents get back to being themselves and feeling confident again to flirt, connect through conversation, and just have fun together again.”
Interestingly, it is Aussie fathers that are most craving quality time with their partners, with four in five (83%) dads admitting to having such feelings.
With 90% of respondents believing that a child-free holiday has the potential to save a relationship, CCL has seen an 80% rise in couples seeking to reignite their passion with a second honeymoon over the past five years.
With this in mind, Carnival has announced it will be trialing the first ‘flirt class’ at sea in October for its ‘honeyboomer’ cruisers.
“In a recent survey we ran with Aussie parents returning from a child-free Carnival cruise, over 70% said they felt more connected as a couple,” CCL Vice President Australia, Jennifer Vandekreeke, said.
“It’s wonderful to hear that so many Australian parents are already reaping the benefits of a Honeyboom and rediscovering how to have fun as a couple as they cruise.
“With over 45 activities a day, from cocktail making classes to karaoke fun, a Carnival cruise provides the perfect environment for couples to let their hair down and rekindle that pre-kids spark.”
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