International passenger numbers have been revealed for cruise holidays in 2016.
There have been 24.7 million cruise passengers final yr around the globe.
This simply surpassed the forecast 24.2 million and has propelled expectations for the yr forward.
Cruise Strains Worldwide Affiliation (CLIA) has projected a constructive yr forward for the cruising trade.
The passenger quantity forecast for 2017 stands at 25.eight million, due to new ships and regional deployment.
Cruise holidays smashed expectations for 2016 in response to the CLIA
One of many causes the cruise trade continues to thrive is due to the personalisation it is ready to supply company from around the globe
CLIA president and CEO Cindy D’Aoust mentioned: “One of many many causes that the cruise trade continues to thrive is due to the personalisation it is ready to supply to its company from around the globe.
“By no means earlier than have I been part of or seen an trade that’s so good at listening and reacting to what its prospects need, and for this reason we’re going to see our trade proceed to develop.”
The UK has slipped to fourth place when it comes to passenger numbers, nudged out by the burgeoning market of China.
Cruise holidays totalled 24.7 million in 2016 with 25.eight million forecast this yr
CLIA has additionally revealed the highest cruise locations in 2016.
The rising star in cruising was Asia, which famous a whopping 38 per cent enhance in capability from 2015 to 2016.
A lot of the trade’s progress as a complete has been attributed to this sizeable surge in Asia.
Cruise holidays have soared in Asia the place demand rose by 38 per cent
It now represents the fourth hottest cruising vacation spot, after the Caribbean (35 per cent), Mediterranean (18.three per cent) and Europe (11.1 per cent).
In 2016 the CLIA fleet comprised 458 ships, welcoming 9 new ocean vessels and 17 new river cruises.
The 26 new ships totalled an additional 28,000-passenger capability.
One in all these cruises was Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, which sailed on its maiden voyage to Australia in December final yr.
Prime Cruise Locations in 2016
- Caribbean (35 per cent)
- Mediterranean (18.three per cent)
- Europe w/o Med (11.1 per cent)
- Asia (9.2 p.c)
- Australia/New Zealand/Pacific (6.1 per cent)
- Alaska (four.2 per cent)
- South America (2.5 per cent)