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Cruise industry 'will see further growth in 2010'

Date Posted: 02 Apr 2009
The cruise industry will see further growth next year, it has been claimed, which could be good news for those who enjoy family cruises.

According to Bill Gibbons, director of the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA), cruises are unlikely to see an increase this year partly as a result of the retirement of the QE2, however other cruise liners could help compensate for the lost capacity.

"Some of the other brands are going to continue to grow generally [thanks mainly to] Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises," he commented.

Annual figures from the PSA show that around 1.5 million people took a cruise holiday last year, an increase of 11 per cent on the 2007 data.

The statistics also show a rise of 23 per cent in the number of passengers joining their cruise at a port located in the UK.

Among the most population destinations were the Mediterranean and northern Europe

Written by Mike Cotgreave

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