What’s happening worldwide?

A record 27.2 million passengers are expected to take a cruise this year. Cruise lines are enticing travelers with nearly 1,000 ports of call, with the Caribbean hosting 35.4 percent of the traffic; followed by the Mediterranean with 15.8 percent; China, 6 percent; Australia/NZ/Pacific, 6 percent; Asia without China, 4.4 percent and Alaska with 4.3 percent. CLIA’s member lines are scheduled to debut 27 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2018.

The cruise industry delivers a major economic impact globally. In 2016, the global economic output of the cruise industry was about $126 billion. The industry supported 1.02 million jobs and contributed to $41.4 billion in wages.

Average passenger growth 1980-2017


*2017 estimated