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UK cruisers shrug of Brexit fears as post-Christmas sales remain buoyant

The UK cruise industry has made a healthy start to 2019, despite continuing political uncertainties surrounding Brexit.

Indications from the all-important post-Christmas sales period is showing strong demand from cruise customers.

image Meanwhile, the Government and ABTA have both issued official guidance on passenger travel to the EU by air, rail or sea after 29 March, especially if there is no Brexit deal.

If there is no EU Exit deal, cruise operations will continue on the same basis as today.

UK departures: Passengers who embark on a cruise at a UK port will continue to be protected by the EU regulation on maritime passengers’ rights, which will be brought into UK law.

Fly-cruise: UK citizens can be reassured that regardless of the Brexit outcome planes will still fly between the UK and the EU. If a deal is agreed then we will be in a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal.

Even in the event of a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU. The UK government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines.

Passengers should take out appropriate travel insurance, check and understand the terms and conditions of their booking, and check with their cruise line and insurance provider if they have any questions.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “We welcome this advice and hopes it reassures UK and EU citizens planning a cruise holiday. We would also advise that all UK travellers check the expiry date of their passport when booking travel arrangements, and ensure that there is at least six months’ validity at time of travel.

“The global fleet development, new destinations to explore, plus recent reassurances from authorities surrounding Brexit, put British travel agents in a great position to tempt their customers to choose cruise in 2019, whether it’s for the first time, or as repeat guests.”

CLIA UK & Ireland is expected to confirm more than two million British travellers took a cruise last year for the first time, as positive figures from the key 2018 summer travelling period reveal a 2.1% rise on the same period in 2017.

The total number of cruises taken between January and September rose to 1,338,000 in 2018 from 1,310,000 in the same period the prior year. Full-year figures for 2018 will be announced in the Spring.

Posted on 14th January 2019 at 01:01 pm in CLIA | Cruise News |

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