USA and Canada continue to lead the market with a 49% of passengers issued
CLIA, the Cruise Line International Association estimated one million passengers increase in 2018 taking the total number to 28 million. This favourable outlook follows the growth experienced by the cruise industry between 2016 and 2017 where the number of passengers increased from 25.8 to 26.7 million. Nearly 1 million more than in the previous year.
According to the data presented by CLIA, the region that issued more passengers was the United States and Canada, with almost 49% of the total global cruisers, with a growth of 5%. This is followed by Europe with 26% share of the total market and a growth of 2.5%. The region that has experienced the biggest growth is Asia, with a 20.5% growth and 15% of the passengers.
Focusing on Europe the country that has experienced the biggest growth, with a 41.6%, has been Russia. Germany, however, has been the European country that has produced most passengers in 2017 with a total of 2,189 thousand (8.5% more than in the previous year), followed by the United Kingdom and Ireland (with 1,959 thousand) and Italy (769 thousand). Spain has moved to the fourth position, overtaking France, with 510 thousand and a growth of 6.4%.
On the other hand, the most popular destinations for the Europeans are the western and central Mediterranean, with 2.241 thousand passengers, although this destination has decreased by 1% compared to 2016.Followed by North of Europe with 1.383 thousand visitors and a growth of 8%.
There is a correlation between age and cruise length. Older travellers take longer itineraries, while young people tend to make shorter cruises. In relation to age Italy has the youngest passenger profile, while the older are English or Irish. In general and at the global level, in 2017, the average age of a cruise passenger was 47 years and the average duration of the cruise of 7.2 days, according to the latest data published by the Association.