The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released new statistics showing the Australasian market has grown – ensuring it remains to be one of the leading cruise sectors in the world.
The CLIA say the number of passengers cruising with member lines last year was a record high. In total, 694,062 passengers travelled with CLIA member lines in 2012 – which is a growth rate of 11% on the year before. This growth rate was only equalled in one other destination, Germany. The Australasian industry outstripped growth in the US industry by 2%. Industry performance in the UK, by contrast, is flat.
According to Gavin Smith, the Chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association for Australasia, this is the eighth consecutive year of double digit growth for Australasian cruise passenger numbers, which have more than doubled since 2008.
“Clearly Australians are responding to the growing number of cruise holidays on offer from Australian ports, as well as our strong dollar, which is encouraging more people to cruise overseas.”
— Gavin Smith, Chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association for Australasia
For the first time this year, the Australasian Cruise Lines International Association has broken down their statistics by age. Almost half of travellers were under 50 years of age. 25% of passengers were under 40 and a third of passengers were over 61 years.
CLIA has also analysed the passenger mix onboard round trip cruises from Australia, as well as trans-Trasman and trans-Pacific voyages. 84% of cruise passengers were Australian, and international travellers made up a further 16% of those who travelled. This is around 100,000 international travellers cruising with CLIA member lines in 2012.
More news, details and statistics are due to be released in the coming days.
River cruising also up:
On a related note, river cruising also continued to expand in 2012. They were up 12%, with 39,275 choosing this particular type of holiday.
About Cruise Line International Association:
The CLIA is an association of some of the world’s most well-known cruise lines. In 2006, it merged with the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL).
CLIA is made up of 26 Cruise Lines, which represent over 97 percent of the cruise capacity marketed in North America. These include Avalon Waterways, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Windstar Cruises and many more. Additionally, the organisation has 14,000+ travel agencies and agent members, around 100 Executive Partners, important strategic industry suppliers and personnel from a range of ports.
The organisation’s website helps to answer some of traveller’s most-often asked questions on cruising, plus it provides articles about the latest news in the industry.