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Cruises: 27.2 Million Passengers Expected to Set Sail in 2018

Cruises have become an increasingly popular vacation choice with options now available for all budgets.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:December 25, 2017, 1:53 PM IST
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Cruises: 27.2 Million Passengers Expected to Set Sail in 2018
Cruises have become an increasingly popular vacation choice with options now available for all budgets. (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ nan104/ istock.com)
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No fewer than 27 new ships are set to launch on the oceans and rivers in 2018. According to a report from the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), cruising will continue to prove popular among vacationers in 2018, with 27.2 million passengers expected to set sail.

In 2016, 24.7 millions passengers stepped onboard a cruise. This rose to 25.8 million in 2017, and passenger numbers are expected to grow to 27.2 million in 2018. Cruises have become an increasingly popular vacation choice with options now available for all budgets. In fact, a third of cruisers surveyed, who have taken a cruise within the past three years, have a household income of less than $80K.

As for destinations, CLIA confirms the growing popularity cruises in colder regions, such as the Baltics, Canada, Alaska and Antarctica.

On board, passengers like to relax and enjoy wellness experiences such as fitness classes and spa treatments, etc. Another growing trend is multigenerational cruising, often with with grandparents and grandchildren traveling together.

In 2018, 449 ships and companies represented by CLIA will operate on the world's oceans. More than a third operate in the Caribbean while 15.8% of cruise ship in service operate in the Mediterranean.

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