Passenger numbers hit all-time high in Britain in 2016

Passenger numbers hit all-time high in Britain in 2016
Cruise passengers can visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge when they cruise to Britain (Image: CruiseBritain)

More passengers than ever before visited Britain’s 55 cruise ports in 2015, according to new figures released by CruiseBritain at Seatrade Cruise Global this week.

A total of 114 cruise ships from 52 different operators brought a record 1.21 million passengers to UK ports on day calls – an increase of 19% from 2015.

“Over 1.21 million is a marvellous figure to reach and it’s great to leave 2015’s magic million far behind,” said Angie Redhead, chair of CruiseBritain. “Day call figures have tripled in 10 years and 2016 has seen one of the biggest year-on-year increases. The growth in day call passengers shows no sign of slowing down and is testament to the tireless work of our members and of all involved in the British cruise industry.”

CruiseBritain attributes the growth in passenger numbers and day calls to the short sailing distances between Britain’s ports and adjoining countries. Round Britain cruises are also increasing in popularity.

“Britain really can offer a port for every cruise ship currently sailing – from the largest vessels carrying thousands of passengers to mid-range and boutique ships, and to the small expedition ships looking for a more secluded and bespoke experience,” said Redhead. “As the global cruise market continues to grow, we are confident that Britain’s appeal as a cruise destination will mirror that trend. All our members work towards increasing the efficiency of their operations and developing new and varied shore excursion options.”

CruiseBritain, member ports and service providers will exhibit at stands 1721 and 1821 at Seatrade Cruise Global between 13-16 March.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Wednesday, March 15, 2017