WASHINGTON, D.C. – It was another positive year for the cruise industry, one that surpassed passenger projections with increased numbers across the board, says CLIA.
According to updated global cruise industry numbers, 2017 saw significant ocean cruise passenger growth, reaching 26.7 million cruise passengers globally, up from a projection of 25.8 million. For 2018, based on the new vessel launch schedule and expected regional deployment, CLIA is projecting another positive year-over-year growth for the industry with a passenger forecast of 28 million.
“Once again, the cruise industry has raised the bar and exceeded projections and expectations,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “I am proud to be a part of this dynamic industry that continues to grow and evolve bringing the cruise vacation experience to millions each year.”
Domestically, the U.S. and Canada saw an impressive ocean passenger growth last year, with a 5% increase over the prior year. North America also represented the largest ocean passenger volume in 2017 (49%) with more than 13 million ocean cruise passengers, followed by Europe (26%) with nearly seven million ocean cruise passengers.
New analytics also reveal the average age of global ocean passengers last year was 47 years old. These passengers also preferred cruising for an average of 7.2 days, 2% lower than the average cruise length in 2016.