Palma.—This week, the Balearic Port Authority is going to be present at the annual Miami Cruise Shipping fair, considered to be the most important in the world, to promote what the region has to offer the cruise industry.

Last year the Balearic market contracted slightly but 1.3 million cruise passengers still visited the Balearics on board a total of 670 liners and the UK cruise industry is expected to grow this year. The number of British passengers taking an ocean cruise grew by just 1'000 in 2012, the Passenger Shipping Association has revealed. Figures show that despite the modest rise, the sector still attracted the highest number of UK passengers yet, with a total of 1.7 million cruisers.