Demand ‘soars’ for ex-UK cruise departures

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Borealis at Liverpool (Courtesy Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - July 2021)Cruise agents have reported a surge in demand for ex-UK itineraries as interest in 2022 fly-cruises cools due to rising air prices, low flight availability and ongoing delays at airports.

With European aviation bodies warning of disruption this summer, agents said near-term bookings for cruises from UK ports were “strong” and prices “really keen”.

Phil Evans, owner of Cruise Nation, said about 50% of all current bookings were for ex-UK sailings.

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