It gives me huge pleasure to welcome you to the May issue of TWcruise.


Once again, Travel Weekly is proud to be the first trade supplement to bring you the statistics from the Passenger Shipping Association Annual Review, and the news is all good.


The UK cruise industry is now worth £1.7 billion, and despite early-booking incentives and rumours of discounting, the average cruise is still worth more than £1,300. And as a result, more than £200 million was paid in commission to UK agents in 2006.


As demand for cruises out of the UK is met by serious commitment from the industry to reposition its ships, in this issue we turn our sights to home ports in the first of a series of features.


And the first for this first? Dover of course, where as TWcruise came out, the industry was gathered for the UK Cruise Convention – another first, that further reiterates what a force modern cruising has become.


For those not lucky enough to make it, Travel Weekly is the Convention’s media partner and will be there on your behalf – so keep an eye on travelweekly.co.uk for all the news.


Emily Bamber
Supplements editor
Travel Weekly



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