The UK and Ireland ocean cruise market is likely to hit the two million mark this year, one year after Germany reached the milestone, while the number of passengers embarking on their cruise at a UK port is likely to exceed the one million mark for the first time, CLIA UK & Ireland said in a statement.
In 2016, UK ports accounted for 912,000 of the 1.89 million total cruise passenger count. Their share of the total increased by 1.3 percentage points to 48.3%, while the share of fly cruises decreased to 51.7% a decrease of 1.3 percentage points, with 976,000 passengers.
Cruises accounted for 4.2% of all UK foreign holidays, the figure remained stable for the third year in a row, but it is nevertheless double the level of 2001, CLIA UK & Ireland said.
The Celebrity Edge class cruise ships will feature 918 standard balcony cabins with “infinite balconies” that can be used either as part of the cabin or the balcony.
Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises ltd that owns Celebrity Cruises, said in a presentation that the cabins will be about 25sqm in size, about 23% larger than those on the Celebrity Solstice class and well above the 15 to 17 sqm average on large cruise ships built in the last decade.
The cabins feature French balcony doors that span the width of the cabin plus a sliding glass window that allow turning the balcony into an indoor or outdoor space.
Two large suites will be located immediately above the bridge and a Retreat range of suites, a new for the company, will feature a sun deck plus pool reserved for suite guests, company officials said. All cabins on the ships have been designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE, the British interior designer.