CLIA statistics indicate another year of consecutive growth for the industry

Otherwise known as the Cruise Lines International Association; CLIA represents a vast number of cruise lines, travel agents and travel partners from around the world to bring the industry, as a whole, closer together. Since it was established in 1975, it has fast become the world’s largest cruise industry trade association. It is made up of 62 member lines (44 ocean-based and 18 river-based), covering the ocean and speciality niches – collectively catering for a total of 22 million passengers.

The association promotes and supports policies and practices that pave the way for a safer and more sustainable cruising experience. Every year, CLIA publishes the ‘Cruise Industry Outlook’, which provides an overview of the state of the industry over the last year and the predicted trends for the future. This week, Cruise Franchise takes a closer look at some of the statistics and how they may paint a picture of the industry in the coming years.

New ships

Year

Ocean Cruise Ships

River Cruise Ships

Total ships ordered

Total passenger capacity

2017

13

13

26

30,006

2018

15

2

17

29,448

2019

20

2

22

51,824

2020 - 2026

32

0

32

119,510

Total

80

17

97

230,788

Ocean cruise ships and river cruise ships are both set for a boost over the next few years, with a total of 97 new vessels currently scheduled for launch over the next decade. While large lines such as NCL, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises all have huge plans for expansion, this is also complemented by the scheduled launch of Virgin Voyages. It is also complemented by the continuing growth of the cruise industry in China – which is set for an exponential spurt following the construction of many new terminals and a variety lines positioning vessels within the region.

Supplying the demand

Global passengers capacity change in millions

Early projected figures for 2017 indicate an increase of 1.1 million to the global passenger capacity on 2016 and a 7.5 million increase since 2009. The growth – as depicted above – shows a phenomenal increase of more than 42% on the number of passengers embarking on a cruise around the world, as well as continuous year-on-year growth for the last nine years. As well as the great value available on board, many holiday-makers have found cruising to offer one of the safest methods of holiday in the 21st century. It is also worth noting that many cruise lines are putting a considerable amount of time and effort into designing new vessels that appeal and entertain more than ever before.

Cruise capacity around the world

Cruise passenger capacity by country

Outside of the US, Europe retains the second-largest chunk of the cruise capacity around the world – with a total of 5.5 million passengers departing from UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy alone. Germany remains the top country in Europe for cruising with 1.81 million passengers in 2015, while the UK holds second with 1.61 million passengers. Far East Asia and Australia have both seen rapid growth over the last couple of years and this will have been complemented by the arrival of some of Royal Caribbean’s newest and most impressive vessels. Quantum-class ships - Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas – have sailed these areas, delighting many passengers and opening up a new way to holiday.


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