The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released the 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, detailing a steady pace of cruise travel interest and significant investment in the industry. The association has also predicted the top eight cruise travel trends that will have an impact on the industry this year.

 

Increase in cruise travel is expected to continue throughout 2017, with an estimated 25.3 million passengers expected to sail in 2017, a strong surge from 15.8 million just ten years’ prior (2007).

More ships will set sail in 2017 as well; CLIA reports that cruise lines are scheduled to debut 26 new ocean, river and speciality ships in 2017 for a total investment of more than $6.8billion in new vessels. From 2017-2026 the industry is expected to introduce a total of 97 new cruise ships totalling an estimated investment of $53billion through 2026.

The association's president and CEO, Cindy D’Aoust, said: “The cruise industry is responding to global demand and we are highly encouraged by both the short-term and long-term outlook.

“From technological advancements and deployment of new ships to new ports and destinations around the world, the industry continues to respond to the desires of today’s travellers resulting in steady growth and strong economic impact around the world.”

CLIA has forecasted the top eight cruise travel trends that will have the most impact on the cruise industry this year: New generation takes to the water– a recent study found that younger generations—including Millennials and Generation X - will embrace cruise travel more than ever before; Travel agent use increases - today there are more than 25,000 CLIA-member travel agents globally compared to 12,000 in 2010; River cruise demand increases; More private islands on cruise itineraries - in 2017, cruise lines offer ports on a total of seven private islands; New cruisers will take to the sea; Drivable port locations in favour - with 69% of non-cruisers in a recent survey believing that the greatest benefit is cost savings and 74% of cruisers like the convenience of driving to a cruise ship; Lure of celeb chefs; and Demand for expedition cruises.

For more information on the report see cruising.org/about-the-industry/research

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