WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, 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 LineShip
AIDA CruisesAIDAprima
Amadeus by LuftnerAMADEUS Silver III
American Cruise LinesAmerica
APT GroupRV Samatha
Carnival Cruise LineCarnival Vista
CroisiEurope CruisesMS Elbe Princesse
CroisiEurope CruisesMS Daniele
CroisiEurope CruisesMS Deborah
Crystal CruisesCrystal Mozart
Emerald WaterwaysEmerald Belle
Holland America Linems Koningsdam
Regent Seven Seas CruisesRegent Seven Seas Explorer
Royal Caribbean InternationalHarmony of the Seas
Royal Caribbean InternationalOvation of the Seas
Scenic Tours Scenic Amber
Scenic ToursScenic Azure
Scenic ToursScenic Spirit
Scenic ToursScenic Aura
Star Cruises (Genting HK)Genting Dream
Tauck River Cruisesms Grace
Tauch River Cruises ms Joy
TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 5
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise CollectionGanges Boyager II

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About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. As the largest cruise industry trade association with 15 offices globally, CLIA has representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA's mission is to support policies and practices that foster a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually, as well as to promote the value, desirability and affordability of the cruise vacation experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services, committed to the sustained success of the cruise industry. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.





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Sarah Kennedy
Cruise Lines International Association