Highlights

  • Cruise passengers arrived through 68 cruise ports in 2018 and stepped ashore for the day from 120 individual ships, with many ships calling on multiple occasions.
  • 56 different cruise lines visited UK ports as diverse as Douglas (Isle of Man) and Dover, Tyne and Torquay, Forth and Fishguard.
  • Strong regional growth can be seen for a number of ports including Douglas (Isle of Man), Kirkwall (Orkney), Portland and Tyne.
  • Round Britain and Irish Sea cruises continue to develop as an ideal way of exploring Britain’s diversity of coasts, castles, cities and countryside with a plethora of activities and attractions ashore.

James Stangroom, Chair of CruiseBritain, commented:

1.415 million is a fantastic figure to reach and the strength of the growth trend is testament to the increasing popularity of Britain as a cruise destination. The jump from just 365,000 day call passengers in 2007 to nearly quadruple that number in 2017 is a remarkable trajectory and one we are doing everything to support. All our members work tirelessly to develop the British cruise industry, and to provide cruise lines and their guests with a seamless product ranging from an efficient port-side operation to developing new and varied shore excursion choices.

As the global cruise market continues its growth trend, we are confident that Britain’s appeal as a cruise destination will mirror that trend.