British ports attract record 866,000 cruise visitors in 2013
More passengers than ever visited Great Britain through the country’s 51 cruise ports in 2013, according to figures released today by CruiseBritain.
More than 100 ships called into UK ports and these ships brought a record 866,000 passengers on day calls, a rise of 20 per cent over 2012.
The Port of Portsmouth was one of the UK’s 51 ports to benefit from the cruise boom
2013 was also a record year for passengers beginning their cruise at a UK port, with embarkations topping the one million passenger mark for the first time.
49 different cruise lines visited UK ports during the year, with passengers taking day trips to a variety of attractions and destinations across the country.
Many ships were operating Round Britain cruises which offer an unusual and unique itinerary option allowing visitors to explore coasts, castles, cities and countryside in one easy visit. The short sailing distances between Britain’s shores and a number of complementary countries adds to the itinerary possibilities.
“With a day call growth rate of this magnitude, we are on course to see over a million passenger day calls into UK ports this year. This represents significant tourism revenue for each of the ports visited,” said Daren Taylor of CruiseBritain.
“The rise in both the day call and embarkation figures is extremely encouraging and is a positive endorsement of Britain’s value as a cruise destination and source market. The growth in passengers beginning their cruise includes overseas passengers who represented 21 per cent of the total, a proportion which returns to 2010 levels.”
Taylor added: “CruiseBritain continues to raise the profile of Britain as a cruise destination and has just introduced a new theme based around Heritage Coasts. This theme highlights the protected coast accessible from so many of our member ports and complements the country’s historical and cultural attractions.”
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