Parenting & Relaxation – Do They Blend?


In celebration of National Relaxation Day(Aug. 15), Princess Cruises just released its annual Relaxation Report survey. Princess Cruises, which helps more than 1.3 million passengers annually escape completely aboard its worldwide fleet of ships, conducts the survey to further examine Americans’ ability and approach to relaxation. Some newsier nuggets include:

  • Baby Mamas Need a Break! – One in four Americans responded that of the soon-to-be celebrity moms, Reese Witherspoon is most in need of a pre-baby escape. Surprisingly, Snooki received 18 percent of the votes and the elusive “Sookie Stackhouse” Anna Paquin earned the lowest score with eight percent.
  • Parenting & Relaxation – Do they blend? They don’t blend for today’s parents. Sixty-four percent of parents have taken a vacation without their child, but that comes with a guilt price tag. Of the parents who have vacationed without their kids, 46 percent felt guilty for not taking their kids along and moms in particular, are more likely to feel the pain than dads. More than half of moms felt guilty about leaving their kids at home while hitting the road, but just over a third of dads share their guilty feelings.
  • Your Dream Escape – When asked to describe their perfect escape libation, 37 percent of females viewed their dream escape as a mai tai – tropical and beachy.

2012 Survey Methodology
Princess Cruises 2012 Relaxation Report

  • Commissioned in celebration of National Relaxation Day (Aug. 15) – revealed that Boomers (approximately 48-62 years in age) and Millennials (approximately 18-31 years in age) have very different vacation habits, from social media vices to work-life balance.
  • The national survey was commissioned by Princess Cruises with Wakefield Research for the third annual Princess Cruises Relaxation Report. For more info, visit Cruises or
  • The Princess Cruises 2012 Relaxation Report was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 American adults, ages 18 and older, between June 28 through July 5, 2012, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older.
  • Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

Check out the full survey results.

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