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More British cruises set for next year

Date Posted: 14 Aug 2009
Fans looking to take advantage of the increasing number of Cruises from the UK may be pleased to hear that a new British cruise line will begin sailing from next year.

Two ships have been chartered by Cruise and Maritime Voyages that will mainly sail from the UK, but also from locations in North America and Australasia.

Some 850 passengers will be able to board the Marco Polo, which will sail on its first voyage from Tilbury in Essex on January 2nd.

Meanwhile, the Ocean Countless joins the fleet after undergoing a £3 million refit and will head to a range of UK destinations including Liverpool, Newcastle and Plymouth.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages director Chris Coates said: "We believe that despite the significant increase in larger resort-style vessels, the reducing number of smaller, traditional and lower-capacity vessels generally operated by the independent and privately-owned shipping companies still have a huge following on the British market.

"This potentially enables us to deliver a more personal and friendly standard of service and our vessels can also visit more remote ports of call and places not always accessible to the larger resort ships."

Last month, the Celebrity Equinox vessel from Celebrity Cruises sailed from Southampton in its first trip involving fee-paying passengers.

Written by Chris Smith


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