Cruise passengers to hit a million

11 March 2013 09:26

UK ports are set for one million cruise passenger embarkations this year after a record 2012

UK ports are set for one million cruise passenger embarkations this year after a record 2012

One million passengers are set to embark on cruises from UK ports this year, according to the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA). It claims there will be an improvement on what was a record 2012, when a 10% rise resulted in a new high of 962,000 people leaving UK ports on cruises.

Last year also witnessed a big jump in passengers visiting UK ports during their cruises, up 11% to 723,000 - double the 2007 figure. The south coast ports of Southampton, Dover and Portsmouth were largely responsible for the surge in port activity.

With such increased activity predicted for the year ahead, the number of people taking out cruise travel insurance policies is also set to rise. Of the 1,701,000 UK holidaymakers who went on cruises in 2012, nearly 700,000 embarked on a Mediterranean trip. Northern Europe trips also proved popular, especially Norwegian fjords voyages, with 443,000 Brits sailing to the region.

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