CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) recently announced its 2016 cruise predictions and said that almost 24 million people would take a cruise in 2016, this is an increase from 15 million just a decade ago. They also noted that 27 new ocean, river and speciality ships will launch in 2016, with more than $6.5 billion being invested in these new vessels.
Cruise Industry Trends
CLIA also noted a ‘Lucky 13 Cruise Industry Trends’, showcasing how the cruise industry has transformed to meet the ever-growing preferences of today’s modern traveller’s. They include:
1: Rise of the river cruise – river cruises are growing in popularity and CLIA’s cruise line members are expected to add 18 new vessels to the current 170-strong global fleet in 2016, an increase of more than 10%
2: More ships, more options – there are 471 cruise ships in operation this year, and an additional 27 new ocean, river and specialty vessels will debut next year
3: On the map – Asia is the fastest growing region in the cruise industry and between, 2012 and 2014, passenger volume grew by 34% per year from 775,000 to nearly 1.4 million
4: G’day for a cruise – while Asia continues to grow rapidly, Australia has also experienced record growth, with passenger number surpassing one million for the first time in 2014
5: Cruise specialists – the cruise industry continues to leverage the expertise of cruise specialist travel agents to help guide travel decisions. Today, there are more than 30,000 CLIA-member travel agents globally compared to 12,000 travel agents in 2010
6: Connectivity and cruising – most of today’s vessels offer various wifi, text messaging and data options to help guests remain connected while at sea
7: A love for luxe – as consumers’ appetite for luxury travel continues to rise, speciality cruise lines are offering yachting experiences, concierge services, exclusive tours, gourmet dining and personal butler services
8: Brands at sea – cruise lines are leveraging the cross-promotional appeal of brands to appeal to new travellers
9: Ships are the destination – cruise ships are now considered as more than just a mode of transportation and the latest vessels offer various onboard experiences and amenities
10: Stay the night – many cruise lines are offering overnight stays at designated ports of call to enable passengers to immerse themselves in destinations
11: Grand(parent) travel experiences – cruising with a multigenerational group is becoming a popular choice for family holidays
12: Cruise voluntourism – more service-oriented ‘voluntourism’ cruises will be offered in 2016, with several lines offering shore excursions to help disadvantaged communities around the world
13: Culturally customised – cruise lines are customising cruise ships based upon passenger cultures and to pay homage to ports of call.
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