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Cruise numbers 'levelling out'

13 March 2009 16:07

Cruise numbers 'levelling out'

The number of Brits taking cruises may level out this year, but those who do choose to travel the seas should make sure they have the right cruise travel insurance policy for their needs.

According to the Passenger Shipping Association, the recession is beginning to have an impact in the cruise tourism sector, with tourism numbers expected to level out in 2009.

Penny Guy, a spokesperson for the organisation, explained that a number of high-profile ships, such as the QE2, have also been pulled out of the British market.

Looking forward, she said: "We anticipate the future of cruises to continue on its upward growth trend which it has been on for quite a number of years now.

She suggested that the reason for this growth is the "exceptional value" that cruising offers to its customers, as well as its "all-inclusive nature" and the fact that passengers get to see different destinations on a daily basis.

Last month, Carnival suggested that 72 per cent of those going on a cruise this year plan to spend at least as much on their main holiday as they did in 2008.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19064008-ADNFCR