Growth in Cruise Bookings Continue

Figures recently released show one in eight package holidays sold in the U K were cruises – compared with one in 25 nine years ago. A record 1.7 million Britons cruised in 2011, with almost 700,000 of those first-time cruisers.

Non-fly cruising from UK ports continued to grow in 2011, with numbers up by 100,000 to 753,000 and eight out of ten cruises being booked through an agent.

The John Proctor Travel View

These recently released figures show just how strongly the cruise market performed last year. The demand and growth in ex UK departures is firmly linked to the fact that clients can take more luggage on their cruise and see an ex UK cruise as an excellent way of avoiding long queues at both UK and foreign airport.

Initial booking indications (following the recent incidents with Costa) appear to support the fact that cruising is still seen by the public as being an extremely safe method of transport and that the majority of people view the Costa incidents as being non – indicative of the safety of the cruise market as a whole.

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