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UK cruise numbers rise

Record numbers of UK tourists are taking to the high seas upon cruise liners, according to new research.

The Passenger Shipping Association annual report, published last night, has predicted passenger numbers will rise by 13 per cent during 2008.

It is also claimed the number of people taking cruises will increase from 1.33 million in 2007 to two million in 2012.

William Gibbons, director of the PSA, said there had been a “sustained boom” in cruising over the past decade, with the number of UK tourists taking a cruise holiday more than doubling.

“We expect to see that growth increase even further,” he added, revealing that there were 44 new cruise ships currently on order.

The PSA report also indicated that many consumers were repeat cruisers, with 28 per cent taking more than one holiday.

Now in its 50th year, the association represents both small and luxury cruise companies operating in the UK.

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