The latest figures from the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) prove one thing: cruising in the UK is booming. As one of the only industries to see growth in today’s economic climate, the PSA reported a record breaking 1.62 million cruises taken by British passengers in 2010, a figure up six per cent from 2009.
While growth was shown in cruising from both UK ports and ports abroad, it was departures from the UK which made the biggest gains with cruises up 10 per cent from 2009 and a total of 653 000 cruises taken in 2010. That said, fly cruises are still first choice for most, with a total of 968 000 cruises taken in 2010, a number up 3 per cent from 2009. The PSA forecasts a continuation of this trend with numbers expected to reach 1.7 million by the end of 2011 and two million by 2014.
As for destinations, the Mediterranean maintains its popularity as the favourite cruise destination with Northern Europe taking second place. This variety of destinations, combined with the quality and service standard to today’s cruises, accounts for the industry’s increase in the package holiday sector from 10.6 per cent in 2009 to 11.7 per cent in 2010, both in stark contrast to 1997 when less than 3 per cent of package holidays booked were cruises.
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