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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

The four million Brits who suffer from a fear of flying can now holiday in destinations across the world with the launch of the country's first travel company specialising in cruises sailing from UK ports.

SailfromUK.com offers cruises to destinations as far flung as Alaska, The Galapagos and the Far East. 

While Dover and Southampton are long-standing cruise departure ports, many cruise lines are now choosing to sail from ports including Liverpool, Newcastle, Greenock, Leith,  Harwich and even central London.

An estimated seven per cent of the population suffer from a phobia of flying to the extent that they refuse to travel by aeroplane, with around 40 per cent of people claming to have a degree of anxiety about air travel.

Cruise is one of the few travel sectors that is continuing to grow despite the credit crunch and www.SailfromUK.com has been set up in response to increasing demand for UK departures.

James Cole, company director, said: "Cruising is an increasingly popular holiday choice for Brits with 1.5 million taking a cruise holiday in 2008, a 13 per cent rise on last year. 

"Whilst in the past, the majority of cruises have required flying to departure ports in the US or Europe, the demand for cruise holidays is now seeing several of the leading cruise lines begin to offer departures from the UK.  

"Not only does this make a cruise holiday more convenient and cost-effective, it's the perfect choice for those who are anxious about flying."

James added: "Sailing from the UK also provides the access to a broad range of destinations such as the Mediterranean, the Baltic and Fjords and even the Caribbean or New York without the need to travel by air."

For more information, visit www.sailfromuk.com or call 0808 202 6104.




Notes to editors:

  • Sailfromuk.com is a new independent cruise retailer offering the full range of cruise holidays departing from UK ports
  • Sailfromuk.com's team of cruise concierges provide each customer with an individually tailored service. The company's independent status means customers receive the  best deals and advice when choosing and booking their cruise
  • Bookings available via telephone, internet and email
  • Sailfromuk.com is ABTA bonded, offering customers complete peace of mind