Cruise industry carries 20.3 million passengers in 2012
The Cruise Lines International Association, otherwise known as CLIA; who represent the cruise lines around the world have released figures showing that 20.3 million passengers took a cruise holiday in 2012.
That is an astounding figure, showing how popular taking a cruise holiday has become. Possible causes for the rise in passengers could be because there is now a greater variety of choice, where passengers can choose to sail on small, medium or larger cruise ships and visit a variety of destinations around the world.
The CLIA's report indicated that the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Europe have remained as the top cruising regions, with passengers from the United States and Canada making up the bulk of passengers. However the association are predict this may change over the next few years as many cruise ships are starting to be deployed within Australia and Asia, since there has been a significant demand from these markets.
The CLIA currently predict that the industry will carry approximately 20.97 passengers this year, and with the introduction of newer cruise ships, this figure is certain to increase.