IT is boom time for British ports, according to cruise ship figures.

More than 100 cruise ships visited British ports in 2013, with a record 866,000 passengers disembarking on day trips, 20% more than in 2012.

Last year was also a record one for passengers starting their cruise at a UK port, with embarkations topping the one million passenger mark for the first time. The figures were announced by industry organisation CruiseBritain, which covers 13 ports including Kirkwall in Orkney.

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Chairman Daren Taylor predicted that cruise passenger day-trip disembarkations could exceed one million in 2014.