Statistics on the final number of sea passengers which include all vehicle drivers, their passengers and foot passengers on ferries and cruise ships. This updates the provisional data published in February.
- international sea passenger numbers fell for a third year, decreasing by 2% from 21.9 to 21.5 million
- cruise passengers increased by 4% to 1.9 million
- domestic sea passenger numbers increased to 44.0 million
- domestic sea crossing passenger numbers increased by 1% to 3.5 million
Provisional figures for short sea routes for 2018 will be published in February 2019.
Changes to these statistics
The department is currently reviewing the content of the annual sea passenger statistics including the data tables published as part of this release. The ‘note to users’ document sets out changes to the tables published as part of the 2017 statistics and proposed changes that will impact the next statistical publication.
We welcome any feedback on the changes to the tables.