Record numbers of Brits go cruising

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Record numbers of Brits go cruising

Britons took a record 1.62 million cruises in 2010 - that's up 6% from 2009, and more than double the number taken in 2001.

The Passenger Shipping Association released the figures yesterday, and said the increase was set to continue, predicting that Britons will take 1.7 million cruises in 2011 and two million by 2014

In 1997 less than 3% of all package holidays were cruises, in 2009 it was 10.6%, and now that figure has risen to 11.7% for 2010

Cruising from ports in the United Kingdom, such as Southampton, Dover, Harwich and others are gaining popularity amongst the British cruise crowd, showing an increase of 10%, with more than 650,000 people departing from the UK.

Fly cruises are also on the increase, with 968,000 Brits flying out to meet their ship to embark their cruises - an increase of 3%

The most popular cruise destination for British cruisers is still the Mediterranean, with 43% choosing this area, an 18% increase on last year. In second place was Northern Europe.

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