Cruising is on the upswing: bigger ships, new destinations, more deals, a wider variety of choices and more passengers. 2010 is expected be a record year for the U.K. cruise market, with more British holidaymakers than ever before taking to the seas, according to the popular cruise reviews and news site, CruiseCritic.co.uk.
Unlike many other holiday sectors, cruise travel weathered the recession well. According to the Passenger Shipping Association, 1.5 million people in Britain took cruises in 2008 and, despite the tough economy, similar figures are expected for 2009. 2010, however, will see a host of new ships serving the U.K. and European markets, increasing capacity and stimulating continued growth over the next 12 months.
So, what does next year hold for the U.K. cruise market? CruiseCritic.co.uk has consulted its crystal ball—and team of cruise experts—to offer this look at U.K. cruise trends for 2010.
“In short, British holidaymakers have discovered cruising, and they’re hooked,” explains Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief for CruiseCritic.co.uk. “It’s hard to resist a ‘resort’ that floats to the next port of call while you sit by the pool. It’s the ultimate for relaxing and sightseeing. Factor in the tremendous deals we’re currently seeing, the vast range of activities available onboard, plus the easy-to-budget inclusive pricing—and it’s no wonder cruise travel is on the up.”
“2010 will offer British travellers a wider choice of ships, destinations, itineraries, deals and cruise styles than ever before,” continued Spencer Brown. “You really need to do your homework beforehand and find the cruise line and ship that offer the type of holiday you want—formal or informal, family or romantic, relaxing or action-packed. And, with the completion of the engineering marvel that is the mammoth, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas later this year, we’re entering a whole new phase of cruising.”
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