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Plymouth aims to capitalise on cruise boom

26 January 2009 12:01

Plymouth aims to capitalise on cruise boom

British travellers hoping to go on a cruise this summer may be able to take more trips from Plymouth, as the south-west city aims to attract more ships to its docks.

Plymouth is currently lagging behind other ports in the UK when it comes to providing cruise options for holidaymakers, currently receiving just 12 compared to Falmouth's 54 liners.

But the city is now hoping to increase its quota of ships over the coming months, with Destination SouthWest attempting to encourage more cruisers to the area.

Data released in March by the Passenger Shipping Association found that the number of people heading on a cruise has been increasing rapidly over recent years, with 1.2 million Britons opting for an ocean cruise in 2006 compared to 522,000 in 1997.

And Britons looking to find the cheapest deals for 2008 should also consider shopping around for the best cruise travel insurance deals, which will cover travellers should anything go wrong.