New York-CLIA/ CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSN., a national trade org. reported today that the 2009 passenger count increased by 4.3% over 2008. w/2010 expected to hit 10 million+ passengers for the NA market representing a 6% increase over 2009. The international portion is pegged at 3.6 million. In 2009- 14..
new ships were delivered; 2010 reports 12 new ships to date.
There are 118 new cruise ships afloat since 2000 from NA.
The cruise industry is experiencing a larger growth count in passenger
traffic. Value, Destinations, Accomodations and Amenities are relevant reasons for this.
Since 1975 CLIA has recorded a 7% annual growth rate in passenger traffic with the Mediterranean as the most favored destination overall. Couples, baby boomers are a main focus here.Themes of Music, Food & Wine, and Celebrities help sell
the industry best with Historical/ Cultural on-shore excursions popular.
40%+ of cruise ships now sailing have Spa programs and special programs for all age groups.
Today 40% of all cruises are made up of Affinity and Group travel.
CLIA is comprised of 25 cruise line companies. Travel agents are largest
segment selling CLIA member cruise
Reported by Michael