UK travellers poised to spend £100bn when overseas travel returns

British holidaymakers are set to splash out a staggering £108billion on trips with overseas travel finally returns to normal.

Research carried out by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), reveals travellers are planning to collectively spend almost £9bn more on holidays in 2022 compared to 2019 – an average of an extra £167.40 per year on international trips.

Eamonn Ferrin, NCL vice president & managing director in the UK, said: “After more than a year of staying home, the nation can’t wait to explore the world again.

“Holidays abroad are a top priority for many, with millions of Brits eager to get away and break free from 2020, when it is safe to do so. We at NCL are seeing pent-up demand with new and loyal guests planning ahead and giving themselves something to look forward to.

“We recently announced our highly anticipated return to service, with new itineraries sailing Europe and The Caribbean this summer.

“What’s more, we’ve just unveiled Norwegian Prima, the first ship in our new Prima class, which has become our most in-demand ship ever.”

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NCL will restart operations from July 25 at a reduced capacity with Norwegian Jade, Joy, Gem, Epic and Getaway as the first of its 17-ship fleet to welcome guests back on board.

It has unveiled an extensive range of itineraries and the chance to explore multiple destinations in a single trip, including Extraordinary Journeys, a bespoke collection of once-in-a-lifetime voyages exploring exotic destinations.

As restrictions ease, the top 10 things Brits are looking for in a holiday includes spending time with friends and family (68%), great choice of food (63%) and discovering new places (60%).

NCL has revolutionised the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 17 contemporary ships sail to over 300 of the world’s most desirable destinations.