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Cruise Lines International Association Releases Official Global Passenger Numbers For 2016

May 27, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

oday, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the cruise industry has surpassed 2016 ocean cruise passenger projections, reaching 24.7 million cruise passengers globally up from a projection of 24.2 million. For 2017, based on current new vessel launch schedule and expected regional deployment, CLIA is projecting another positive year of growth for the industry with a passenger forecast of 25.8 million.

“One of the many reasons that the cruise industry continues to thrive is because of the personalization it is able to offer to its guests from around the world,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Never before have I been a part of or seen an industry that is so good at listening and reacting to what its customers want, and this is why we are going to see our industry continue to grow.”

Top Cruise Destinations in 2016

  1. Caribbean (35 percent)
  2. Mediterranean (18.3 percent)
  3. Europe w/o Med (11.1 percent)
  4. Asia (9.2 percent)
  5. Australia/New Zealand/Pacific (6.1 percent)
  6. Alaska (4.2 percent)
  7. South America (2.5 percent)

Much of the industry’s growth can be attributed to the continuing development of the Asian market, with ocean capacity rising to 9.2 percent in 2016, a 38 percent increase from 2015. The increased capacity in the region, combined with travelers in this region going on shorter, and more frequent cruises, has kept this marketplace at the top of emerging markets within the cruise industry.

New Ships

Globally, the 2016 CLIA fleet was comprised of 458 ships and welcomed nine new ocean ships and 17 new river vessels for a total of 26 new ships. These new ships represent an additional 28,000 passenger capacity.

Cruise Line Ship
AIDA Cruises AIDAprima
AmaWaterways AmaStella
AmaWaterways AmaViola
Amadeus by Luftner AMADEUS Silver III
American Cruise Lines America
APT Group RV Samatha
Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Vista
CroisiEurope Cruises MS Elbe Princesse
CroisiEurope Cruises MS Daniele
CroisiEurope Cruises MS Deborah
Crystal Cruises Crystal Mozart
Emerald Waterways Emerald Belle
Holland America Line ms Koningsdam
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Regent Seven Seas Explorer
Royal Caribbean International Harmony of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International Ovation of the Seas
Scenic Tours  Scenic Amber
Scenic Tours Scenic Azure
Scenic Tours Scenic Spirit
Scenic Tours Scenic Aura
Seabourn Encore
Star Cruises (Genting HK) Genting Dream
Tauck River Cruises ms Grace
Tauch River Cruises ms Joy
TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 5
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Ganges Boyager II

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