UK Cruise Market Stagnates, Ports Gain, Airports Lose – Lindblad Buys Orion Expeditions – Travel Dynamics Revives An Old Tradition
THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com
by Kevin Griffin
The Cruise Examiner for 11th March 2013
Last week, the Passenger Shipping Association delivered its final set of annual UK cruise statistics before becoming CLIA UK. The presentation confirmed that there had been essentially no growth in the market, while prices have been dropping. At the same time, the market is changing. While a planeload a day no longer fly to their ships, an extra shipload is sailing from the UK every week. In the expedition sector, Lindblad Expeditions announced the acquisiition of Orion Expedition Cruises of Australia. And New York-based small ship operator Travel Dynamics International is reviving the Great Lakes tradition of cruising to Mackinac Island, with a 4th of July cruise from Chicago in its 130-berth Yorktown
. [brochure above, Goodrich Steamship Lines, cruising from Chicago to Mackinac Island in 1913].