A 14 percent increase in cruise passenger numbers last year should lead to a robust market this year.
Consumer cruise website CruiseCritic.co.uk reported yesterday that 1.55 million Britons took a cruise last year, largely thanks to the wide variety of ships, themes, ports and prices.

While it is unlikely that the market will see similar growth this year, it is hoped a number of factors will ensure the market remains buoyant even in the current economic storm. CruiseCritic is predicting the market will be driven by strong deals as prices are dropped to fill the many ships available. The all-inclusive nature of cruises means customers will be able to tour the Mediterranean without being hammered by the increasingly strong euro.

It is also predicting the luxury section of the cruise market will be one of the fastest growing areas as top of the range lines take on new ships for the first time in nearly a decade.

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