British ports continue to attract record number of cruise visitors

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P&O Cruises BritanniaFigures released by CruiseBritain show more passengers than ever before visited Great Britain through the country’s 57 cruise ports in 2014 with 110 individual ships calling into UK ports.
Many ships called on multiple occasions, and these ships brought a record 922,000 passengers on day calls, a rise of 6% over 2013 with 53 different cruise lines visiting ports from Kirkwall, Orkney in the far north to the Channel Islands and the Isles of Scilly off the south coast.
Round Britain cruises remain steadily popular and allow an unusual and seamless way of exploring Britain’s diversity of coasts, castles, cities and countryside. The short sailing distances between Britain’s shores and a number of complementary countries adds to the itinerary possibilities.
“The growth in day call passengers is the continuation of a seven-year trend and one that we and our members work tirelessly to encourage” said Daren Taylor, Chair of CruiseBritain.
“2014 saw a drop in the number of passengers beginning their cruise at British ports but the introduction of P&O Cruises’ Britannia (pictured) and Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is anticipated to redress the balance. It is a glowing testament to Britain’s strength as a cruise destination that the country can attract the newest, largest and most contemporary cruise ships in the market.”
He added: “With 57 ports capable of welcoming a cruise vessel, Britain 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 remote experience.
“As the global cruise market continues to grow, we are confident that Britain’s appeal as a cruise destination will mirror that growth.”