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UK cruise customers increase, survey shows

Date Posted: 21 May 2009
There has been an 11 per cent rise in the number of passengers taking cruises from the uk, new figures have revealed.

According to the Passenger Shipping Association's (PSA) latest Annual Cruise Review, close to 1.5 million UK residents opted for a cruise holiday in 2008.

This amounts to almost ten per cent of foreign package holidays booked in the UK and the survey also found that the average length of a break has increased, rising from 9.7 to 10.4 nights.

Director of the PSA William Gibbons stated that the figures show holidaymakers are being drawn to the "exceptional value offered by a cruise holiday".

"Its inclusive nature, with meals, accommodation, entertainment and of course multiple destinations, means it's great value," he told the Daily Mail.

The findings come after David Dingle, chairman of the European Cruise Council, claimed earlier this week that the economic downturn will not have an impact on the number of people opting to take cruise holidays.

Written By Tom MuskADNFCR-657-ID-19181625-ADNFCR

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