2011 UK Cruise Statistics Announced

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2011 UK Cruise Statistics Announced

  The Passenger Shipping Association has just released its 2011 statistics based on the UK cruising market, with encouraging results and record spending levels.

  • One in every eight package-holidays booked is now a cruise
  • UK cruise passenger numbers increased 5% and, with sales of ultra luxury cruises rising 8%, total cruise sales spending topped £2.4bn
  • The average price paid rose less than 1% in 2011
  • More than four in every 10 cruises were bought for less than £1,000
  • Four out of every ten passengers were on their first-ever cruise
  • About 100,000 more UK passengers chose to start their cruise at a UK port but higher flight costs saw a drop in fly-cruise numbers
  • Western Europe, Atlantic Islands, Norway and the Mediterranean were the big cruise destination winners in 2011
  • An emerging trend for short cruises from UK ports meant that nearly half of all cruises booked were of no more than seven nights
  • A second successive year of double digit growth in overseas and UK passengers making a cruise visit at UK ports
  • Eight in ten passengers book cruises through travel agents

Source - Passenger Shipping Association 2012

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