Special Holiday Edition of Princess Cruises' Annual Relaxation Report Reveals Women More Stressed Than Men During the Season, Though Men Feel More Pressured by Shopping and Receiving Unwanted Gifts

Two-thirds surveyed need a vacation to recover from the holidays

Dec 23, 2014, 20:48 ET from Princess Cruises

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Dec. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holidays in full swing, a new survey released by Princess Cruises found that this is a more stressful time for women than men, with women feeling more pressure cooking meals and hosting parties, while men feel more stress by shopping and receiving unwanted gifts. 

The survey also found that nearly two-thirds (61%) of those surveyed need a vacation to recover from the holidays, with women (65%) saying they need a vacation more than men (56%).

The survey is a special holiday edition of the line's annual "Relaxation Report" which helps to gauge consumer attitudes toward vacation and relaxation habits.

Causes of Holiday Stress
While the holidays are a joyful time to spend with family and friends, the busy-ness of the season does cause some stress. Nearly half of those surveyed (46%) report they feel stressed during the holidays with women (53%) being more stressed than men (37%).  When asked what causes holiday stress, woman cited cooking special meals (39%) and hosting holiday parties (33%), while the stressors for men were shopping for presents (41%), attending parties (15%) and receiving unwanted gifts (17%).

And over two-thirds (69%) agree that hosting family is hard work, with women feeling this more so than men (72% vs. 65%).

Bringing Holiday Joy
When asked what they most enjoy about preparing for the holidays, respondents differed by gender.  Nearly half of women (49%) like shopping for gifts while only 30% of men like this activity. More women than men also like giving presents to others (68% vs. 59%), decorating for the season (54% vs. 38%), and listening to holiday music (49% vs. 38%).

Holiday Getaways
The survey found that while nearly three-quarters (72%) take vacation time during the holidays, nearly two-thirds (61%) need a vacation to recover from the holidays, with women saying they need a vacation more than men (65% vs. 56%).

And when asked what type of post-holiday vacation is most desired, warm weather is definitely preferred, with nearly two-thirds (64%) selecting a beach visit and 61% desiring an ocean cruise vacation to a warm weather destination. 

The least desired vacations cited were visiting a theme park and skiing (36% and 30%, respectively).

About the Survey
The online survey was conducted using a nationally representative sample from uSamp of 982 U.S. adults ages 18+, during the week of December 15, 2014, and tabulated by the survey tool Qualtrics.

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About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 18 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.7 million guests each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from three to 114 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE: CUK).

Note: An infographic of the survey results is available upon request.

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SOURCE Princess Cruises