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Published on Friday, January 17, 2014

Record year for British cruise passenger numbers




A record 1.79 million British holidaymakers took a cruise in 2013, according to the Cruise Lines International Association.

The figure represents an increase of more than 5% on 2012 - or an extra 89,000 UK passengers - despite continued economic pressure on consumer spending.

In the last five years, passenger figures have risen by 21%, or more than 300,000.

The global number of cruise passengers for 2014 is forecast to be 21.7 million, up from an estimated 21.3 million in 2013, which itself was an increase of almost 2% over 2012.

The number of European passengers who took a cruise in 2013 is predicated to be 6.4 million - a year on year growth of more than 4%.

In the next two years (2014 and 205), 13 new ocean cruise ships will be launched, accommodating over 37,000 passengers and worth £5 billion.

Andy Harmer, director of CLIA UK and Ireland, said: "Many of CLIA's 63 member cruise lines are revitalising and investing in new ships, ensuring that guests enjoy modern, innovative ships of varying sizes, designed to cater for all ages and which offer amazing holidays to destinations around the world.

"The travel trade has played a crucial role in the growth of the British market. More than 70% of cruise holiday bookings in the UK are made through a travel agent, with their expert knowledge an important factor in securing each booking.

"In the year ahead, we will step up our agents training programme to ensure our 5,000 partner agents are kept fully up to date with the many new ships and cruise itineraries being introduced."

Cruise ships launching in 2014:
Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Getaway, 4,000 passenger capacity

Pearl Seas Cruises, Pearl Mist, 216

Princess Cruises, Regal Princess, 3,600

TUI, Mein Schiff 3, 2,500

Costa Cruises, Costa Diadema, 3,700

Royal Caribbean International, Quantum of the Seas, 4,180


Ocean Cruise Ships Launching in 2015

P&O Cruises, Britannia, 3,611

Aida Cruises, AIDAmia, 3,250

Royal Caribbean International, Anthem of the Seas, 4,180

Compagnie du Ponant, Ponant 4, 264

TUI, Mein Schiff 4, 2,500

Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Star, 925

Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Escape, 4,200

 

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