Latest UK cruise industry figures released by the Passenger Shipping Association at World Travel Market estimate that 1.72m Brits will take an ocean cruise this year, 20,000 passengers more than the 1.7m carried in 2011. This has been achieved despite a challenging year for the industry following the January Concordia incident, and a protracted subdued UK economic climate for consumers that has seen market falls in many other sectors of the holiday industry.
The number of people around the world who took a cruise holiday grew by ten per cent last year – an increase of almost two million people which topped 20 million global ocean cruise passengers for the first time. The numbers increased from 18.7 million to 20.6 million between 2010 and 2011. The main markets are North America (11.5 million) and Europe (6.2 million).
Passenger services director for P&O Ferries, Simon Johnson, has become the nineteenth chairman of the Passenger Shipping Association. The decision was taken at the annual general meeting, held at the Chamber of Shipping in London.
The global cruise industry has announced a new emergency drill policy requiring mandatory muster for embarking passengers prior to departure from port. The new policy follows the industry’s announcement on January 27th of a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review in response to the Concordia incident and as part of the industry’s continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures.
More Brits are choosing to begin their ocean cruise holiday from a UK port than ever before according to figures released by the Passenger Shipping Association. In 2012, 835,000 passengers will join their cruise ship in Britain, a 28 per cent increase over the last two years, as the choice of destinations continues to expand.
Figures released today from the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) show that Brits took a record 1.62 million cruises in 2010 – a six percent increase on 2009 and more than double the figure recorded in 2001.
British holidaymakers have sparked a boom in cruise holidays, with luxury offerings fairing particularly strongly. Some 1.65 million British travellers are expected to take a cruise this year – double the figure at the turn of the century – with destinations including northern Europe and the Caribbean enduringly popular.
The PSA (Passenger Shipping Association) has reported a massive increase in the number of ferry passengers and booking activity as they look to assist passengers stranded by grounded airlines in the wake of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.