Anybody doubting the strength of the cruise industry may want to look at the advanced booking figures for vessels from P&O Cruises
and Cunard Line.
The cruise lines revealed that reservations for sailings in 2011 for round the world cruises are 47 per cent ahead of this time last year.
Some 2,044 holidaymakers have booked up for the cruise trips in two years time, compared to the 1,385 individuals who booked for 2010 last year.
Nigel Esdale, managing director of P&O Cruises, said: "The appetite to take that 'once in a lifetime' voyage is far from in decline and for many experienced cruisers a world voyage is becoming a regular winter holiday experience."
P&O Cruises is also set to provide passengers with an action-packed host of options for 2011, with four ships setting sail to various locations around the globe.
Starting from Southampton, the ships will stop at 89 ports in 46 countries, according to Mr Esdale.
P&O Cruises head to a variety of regular locations including the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East.
Written by Chris Smith