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Air traffic chaos triggers ex UK port cruise boom

British passengers, whose fly cruise holidays were cancelled due to volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland, are booking cruises from British ports at a very heavy rate, a travel trade source told Cruise Business. Departures of P&O Cruises, which has seven ships that all operate out of Southampton until late in the autumn, have virtually been sold out for the rest of the year. Other lines are also experiencing an upturn in bookings for departures from British ports, the source says.