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What’s happening worldwide?

A projected 28 million passengers are expected to take a cruise in 2018 and 30 million in 2019. Cruise lines are enticing travelers with nearly 1,000 ports of call, with the Caribbean hosting 34.4 percent of the traffic; followed by the Mediterranean with 17.3 percent; Europe 11.1 percent; China, 4.9 percent; Australia/NZ/Pacific, 4.8 percent; Asia without China, 4.3 percent and Alaska with 4.7 percent. CLIA’s member lines are scheduled to debuts 27 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2018.

The cruise ship industry has been the fastest growing segment in the travel industry around the world, and since 1980, the average annual growth rate in the number of cruise passengers worldwide has been 8.4 percent. Cruises are especially popular in the United States and in 2007, 10 million Americans took a cruise vacation representing 76 percent of the total cruise passengers of the World and is expected 51 million of them cruising in the next there years (CLIA, 2008). Nowadays, there are about 300 liners sailing the world’s seas, with further 35 ships scheduled to join the global fleet over the next four years representing investments over U$D 20 billion.

The cruise industry continues to make a positive impact on communities around the globe by sustaining 1,108,676 jobs equaling $45.6 billion in wages and salaries and $134 billion total output worldwide in 2017.

Average passenger growth 1980-2019

*2018 and 2019 estimated