Tourism: 28.5m people cruised in 2018, with 7% increase

The President and Chief Executive Officer, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Kelly Craighead has said more people cruised globally in 2018 than forecast, with 28.5m taking seagoing vacations.

She stated that the number had a nearly 7% increase from 2017, and up from the 28.2m originally projected by Cruise Lines International Association.

Addressing the Seatrade Cruise Global ‘State of the Industry’ seassion on Tuesday, the CLIA put the 2019 forecast at

North American increase 9%
The number of North American travelers increased 9%, to 14.2m in 2018.

Moderate Asia growth
When compared to the rapid increases of the past, 2018 saw moderate passenger growth throughout Asia and China, with a 5% increase in cruisers from the region, totaling a still impressive 4.2m.

Mediterranean upswing
When it comes to cruise destinations, Mediterranean sailings moved up in popularity by 8% from 2017 to 2018. More than 4m passengers sailed in the region.

Caribbean rebound
Some 11.3m passengers cruised in the Caribbean last year, a 6% increase for what remains the world’s No. 1 cruise destination.

Alaska boom continues
Alaska experienced double-digit growth with a year-over-year 17% increase in passengers in 2017 and another 13% increase in 2018, accounting for more than 1m cruisers.


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