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Travellers will continue taking cruises

27 January 2009 07:42

Travellers will continue taking cruises

The number of people taking out cruise travel insurance will remain solid as a corollary of the continued performance of the industry, it has been suggested.

According to the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA), 2009 will be a year of consolidation for the cruise industry, but will be followed by sustained growth.

Penny Guy, a spokesperson for the body, explained: "The long-term prognosis is that the industry will continue to grow and there will be greater numbers of people cruising."

She added that there is "no reason why interest in cruises shouldn't continue", despite the bleak economic forecasts.

The PSA's most recent annual report, published in June 2008, indicated that there would be 1.5 million cruise passengers for the entire year, a figure expected to rise to two million annually by 2012.

In total, 1.3 million cruises were booked in 2007; an impressive increase of 11 per cent compared to the previous year.