CLIA UK & Eire is anticipating to substantiate greater than two million British travellers took a cruise final 12 months for the primary time.
The information comes as constructive figures from the important thing 2018 summer season travelling interval are launched, revealing a 2.1 per cent rise on the identical interval in 2017.
The full variety of cruises taken between January and September rose to 1,338,000 in 2018 from 1,310,000 in the identical interval the prior 12 months.
Full-year figures for 2018 can be introduced within the spring.
This, coupled with indications that the all-important post-Christmas gross sales interval is displaying robust demand from cruise prospects, places the UK cruise business in a robust place for the start of 2019, regardless of persevering with political uncertainties surrounding Brexit.
Nonetheless, close to journey preparations happening after March 29th, the UK authorities and ABTA have each issued official steering on passenger journey to the EU by air, rail or sea after Brexit, particularly if there isn’t a Brexit deal.
From March 29th, if there isn’t a EU Exit deal, cruise operations will proceed on the identical foundation as at the moment, CLIA mentioned.
Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Eire director, mentioned: “We welcome this recommendation and hopes it reassures UK and EU residents planning a cruise vacation.
“We might additionally advise that each one UK travellers verify the expiry date of their passport when reserving journey preparations, and guarantee that there’s not less than six months’ validity at time of journey.”