Increase in cruise travel is expected to continue throughout 2017, with an estimated 25.3 million passengers predicted to sail next year, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
“The cruise industry is responding to global demand and we are highly encouraged by both the short-term and long-term outlook,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA.
“From technological advancements and deployment of new ships to new ports and destinations around the world, the industry continues to respond to the desires of today’s travellers resulting in steady growth and strong economic impact around the world.”
CLIA has released the data as part of the 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, which details a steady pace of cruise travel interest and significant investment in the industry.
The cruise industry trade association also reports that more ships will set sail in 2017, with cruise lines scheduled to debut 26 new ocean, river and speciality ships in 2017 for a total investment of more than $6.8 billion in new vessels – a figure that represents the entire cruise industry, not only CLIA cruise line members.
CLIA has also predicted the top eight cruise travel trends that will have an impact on the industry in the coming year. They include a younger generation – such as millennials – of new cruisers embracing cruise travel, an increase in demand for river cruises, continued strong interest in ocean cruising, the rising appetite for speciality dining and celebrity chefs and a strong demand for expedition and adventure cruises. Other trends include the increased use of travel agents to book cruise holidays, cruise lines including more private islands on itineraries and drivable port locations.
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