Cruise lines set to break records in 2019

A new report from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), says the industry is likely to cater for an unprecedented 30 million passengers in 2019.

Recently released by the CLIA, the 2019 Cruise Trends and State of the Cruise Industry Outlook is an in- depth insight into the trends set to impact cruise travel in the coming year and beyond. The association is a leader in the cruise business; members include all the major players, among them Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line and TUI Cruises. In all, the CLIA represents some 272 cruise operations around the world. Fourteen of its members will put a total of 17 new ships into service this year.

In the report, the association says global cruise passenger numbers will pass the 30-million mark on the back of an impressive 57% increase in the past ten years. Last year, cruise operators carried a total of 28.2 million passengers, up from 26.7

million in 2017.

The study found slight changes in regional market shares. The Caribbean remains the favourite destination for cruise liners, although market share slipped by one percent to 34.4% between 2017 and 2018. Asia was also losing steam with an abrupt drop in deployment in China – down from 6% in 2017 to 4.9% in 2018, while the rest of Asia declined slightly by a tenth of one percent to 4.3%.

The most dynamic region for cruises was the Mediterranean where market share jumped by 1.5% to 17.3% last year while other European regions declined marginally from 11.3% to 11.1%. American cruise destinations were also up, with Alaska growing from 4.3% to 4.7% and South America from 2.1% to 2.3%.