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Cruise industry growing greater in 2015, says CLIA – Cruise News — Feb. 13, 2015

Cruise industry growing greater in 2015, says CLIA

Cruise News — Feb. 13, 2015

A record 23 million cruise passengers are expected to sail this year, according to the annual State of the Industry Report by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). That’s a 4 percent increase over 2014 estimates of 22.1 million.

The rosy picture is backed up by North American CLIA–certified travel agents, 61 percent of whom are already reporting an increase in 2015 travel bookings over this time last year.

CLIA-member cruise lines will introduce 22 new ocean, river, and specialty ships in 2015, representing a total investment of more than $4 billion, the association said. The number does not take into account non-member cruise lines such as Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises.

Several trends for 2015 were singled out by the association, including:

  • Some 62 percent of cruisers in 2015 will be return passengers and 69 percent of consumers rank cruising a better value than a land vacation.
  • The Caribbean continues to be the top cruise destination, representing a third of the global deployment capacity in 2015. Asia is growing fast, though — this year 52 ships will provide 1,065 Asian cruises with capacity for 2.17 million passengers.
  • Travel agents continue to be the most popular way to book a cruise — with seven out of 10 of cruise passengers using a travel agent to book their cruise vacation.

 


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