Great news for the cruise industry predicted by Mickey Arison, Chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruises, as the UK cruise market has double over the last decade, he is forecasting that the numbers will double again over the next decade bringing the cruise passenger figure to three million annually.
He said; ‘it will be partly stimulated by a much-increased range of cruises coming onto the market, including more short duration cruises from UK ports’.
The results of an online survey by one of the the leading cruise retailers received approximately 5,000 responses from frequent cruise passengers. The survey also revealed that more than a quarter of the people who took part were prepared to reduce other outgoings to ensure they have enough money to go on their main cruise holiday. Furthermore, one in three passengers said they would rather pay less than they would normally budget for a cruise and take the opportunity of cruise deals than not book one at all.
The survey highlighted some other interesting results which included that eight out of ten cruisers preferred smaller ships, carrying less than 1,000 passengers and half voting for cruise ships which carried between 1,000 and 2,000 passengers. Only one in every hundred people voted for cruising on a ship which carries more than 4,000 guests. A high percentage of people also indicated that they prefer cruises which were shared with predominately UK passengers.
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