Cruises from British ports increase

01 June 2012 09:01

More cruise ships are to leave UK ports this year, it has been revealed

More cruise ships are to leave UK ports this year, it has been revealed

Holidaymakers are sailing off into the sunset from British ports in increasing numbers as cruise operators base more of their ships in the UK, research has shown.

Cruise Britain says with 666 cruises set to depart from UK ports this year - bound for everywhere from the Caribbean and South America to the Mediterranean and the Baltic - initial estimates show a rise of 17% in embarkations for 2012 compared to last year.

But people are reminded that before setting sail for far-flung destinations on board a luxury cruise ship they should first arrange some cruise travel insurance.

For the first time the number of departures for Round Britain cruises is scheduled to top 100, representing an estimated growth of a third on the figure for 2011.

Cruise Britain chair Kate O'Hara said: "The increasing appeal of Britain as a cruise destination can be seen both in the rise in cruise numbers and also in the wide variety of cruise lines.

She added that Britain's ports would "host some of the world's largest cruise ships from lines".

Among them will be Silversea, Crystal and Voyages of Discovery, she added.

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