Published on : Friday, November 24, 2017
The symbolic figure of UK cruise has been a goal of the UK cruise sector for many years, and in 2016 (the last year of available figures), UK cruise passengers reached 1.9millions.
Despite the devastating hurricanes in the mid of the year was described as a “perfect year” for the industry in terms of performance by the three leading cruise companies — and 2018 is set to surpass it.
The CEO of Carnival UK, David Dingle said that they are getting very close to 2 million figures. UK cruise hit 1.9 million passengers in 2016, so it is definitely think that the cruise will hit 2 million by 2020.
Andy Harmer, SVP Membership & Director of the UK & Ireland Cruise Line Industry Association, said he believes the 2 million mark will be reached before then.
The UK was, for many years, the second-biggest cruise market in the world after the United States.
However, in the last year it was overtaken by Germany and is likely to be pushed to fourth place as China passenger numbers continue to increase.
In the next year sees the launch of a slew of megaships from all the major lines like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and Carnival, as well as ships from Marella and AIDA , which is providing a bump in capacity of more than 5,550 berths.