Cruise numbers increase by 6.7% in 2018

Cruise numbers increase by 6.7% in 2018

North America continued to dominate the market as 28.5 million passengers took a cruise in 2018
 
28.5 million passengers went on a cruise in 2018, a 6.7% increase on 2017, according to new figures from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
 
The figures suggest cruise numbers grew at a slightly higher rate than international tourism across channels worldwide, with the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer suggesting international tourist arrivals grew 6% in 2018.
 
CLIA President & CEO Kelly Craighead said: “It is not surprising that cruise travel is on par with overall international tourism growth. Cruising makes international travel accessible for travellers worldwide and it is apparent in the 2018 CLIA global passenger findings.
 
“From a renewed interest in cruises to the Mediterranean to a significant increase in adventure cruising, travellers are embracing cruise travel more than ever before.”
 
The figures are slightly higher than the 28.2 million gthe CLIA estimated for 2018, putting the cruise industry on track to pass 30 million passengers in 2019.
 

Regional breakdown
 
North America remained the largest region for cruising, as it saw an impressive 9.4% year-on-year growth in passenger figures to 14,240,000, meaning it now represents almost half of the global cruise market.
 
Europe represents just over a quarter of the global market, with 7,170,000 passengers cruising in this region in 2018, a 3.3% increase on 2017.
 
The Asia Pacific market grew 3.9% to 5,701,000, with Asia and China specifically posting more modest growth than recent years by growing 5%.
 
CLIA’s research found that Mediterranean (+8%), Caribbean (+6%) and Alaskan (+13%) cruises specifically grew in popularity.
 
Shorter cruises are also on the rise, with three-day and under cruises up 10% on 2017 and seven-day cruise numbers up 9%.
 
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December 3, 2018 Categories:

Cruise association reveals North American passenger growth and trends

Cruise association reveals North American passenger growth and trends

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade organization, has released the latest global cruise passenger statistics.
 
Cruising continued at a paced growth around the world with an almost 7% increase from 2017 to 2018, totaling 28.5 million passengers. Research also shows North American travelers continue to embrace cruising with an annual passenger upswing of 9% (14.2 million passengers) in 2018.
 
While the cruise sector represents 2% of the overall global travel industry, this segment is on pace with international tourism worldwide. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals grew 6% in 2018, totaling 1.4 billion, while cruise travel grew at almost 7%.
 
“It is not surprising that cruise travel is on par with overall international tourism growth. Cruising makes international travel accessible for travelers worldwide and it is apparent in the 2018 CLIA global passenger findings,” said Kelly Craighead, President and CEO, CLIA. “From a renewed interest in cruises to the Mediterranean to a significant increase in adventure cruising, travelers are embracing cruise travel more than ever before.”
 
Cruise passenger insights in North America
 
Mediterranean: Globally, Mediterranean cruises saw more than 4 million passengers worldwide. Of those, more than 700,000 passengers came from North America, up 29% from the previous year.
 
Caribbean popularity: Cruise travelers from North America dominate cruise travel to the easily accessible Caribbean. Continued growth in cruising to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Bermuda is up 7% to 9.8 million passengers in 2018.
 
Alaskan adventures: Aligning with global insights, North American cruisers made up the significant portion of cruise passengers traveling to Alaska in 2018 with 906,019 cruise passengers, increasing to 14% from 2017.
 
Growing destinations: Other growing North American destinations include the Hawaii and North Atlantic Coast region, Mexico, California, and Pacific which increased 4% in 2018, totaling 1.3 million cruise passengers.

November 30, 2018 Categories: