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Cruise ships 'doing well in the recession'

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14 December 2009

A cruise ship holiday is still popular despite the current economic climate, one specialist has suggested.

Associate vice-president and general manager for UK and Ireland for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Jo Rzymowska, said this is because individuals are reluctant to sacrifice their vacations.

She remarked: "People will give up lots of things like new kitchens and cars but more and more people within our market feel that holidays are essential."

According to Ms Rzymowska, the launch of a number of new cruise liners - such as the company's Oasis of the Seas - has also helped to drive interest in this kind of trip.

New ships publicise cruises as an alternative way to get away, she added, which means the market can attract those who have never taken this type of voyage before.

Oasis of the Seas was officially named on 30 November 2009 with an elaborate celebration held to mark the occasion.

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