Ferry holidays have seen an increase for the second year running, according to figures released by the Passenger Shipping Association.
A total of 43 million passenger ferry journeys were taken between British ports and the continent, Ireland and British islands in 2007 – an increase of 419,000 journeys from 2006.
UK to Ireland routes were particularly strong, with numbers up from 5.3m to 5.5m. There was a 3.8% increase in the number of cars on passenger ferries.
Director of the Passenger Shipping Association Bill Gibbons said people were turning away from “airport misery”.
“Travellers who vote with their feet and switch to ferry travel are finding a radically different experience. This is a very exciting time for ferry travel, particularly in the year of the PSA’s 50th anniversary.”