THE BRIEFING ON CRUISE BOOKING TRENDS
The latest news, trends and data from the cruise industry
Projected passenger capacity figures across Carnival Corporation’s portfolio of cruise brands for 2027, according to the 2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
The average size of 124 new-build ships on order at the start of august 2019 stretching through to 2027, according to Cruise Industry News estimates.
Predicted global duty-free sales onboard cruise liners in 2022 following a 36% rise between 2017 and 2022, according to a GlobalData report.
20% to 25%
The percentage of cruise ship staff roles currently occupied by women, according to the International Transport Workers Federation, with the majority working in hospitality roles.
Increase in number of cruise passengers (846,176) setting foot in Dubai over the 2018/2019 season, compared to 2017/2018 (558,871).
Increase in number of cruise ships visiting Croatia in the first six months of 2019, according to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, with 409,000 passengers staying for a total of 554 days.
Brandy D. Christian, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA), after Royal Caribbean International announced year-round cruises from Port Nola from January 2020:
“Port NOLA values our longstanding partnership with Royal Caribbean International and we are thrilled to welcome the Majesty of the Seas for year-round service from New Orleans. Royal Caribbean’s strengthened commitment to the market is a testament to the growing demand for cruises from our unique American City, as we continue to offer two vacations in one.”
The agency’s data shows that the Far East, Middle East and Polar Regions are all up-and-coming destinations, while itineraries that enable passengers to discover exotic locations, such as Alaska, Japan and Sri Lanka, are also on the rise.
Scenic founder and chairman Glen Moroney speaking about the company’s soon-to-be-launched Eclipse vessel:
The numbers also show that cruising is becoming a more popular choice amongst solo travellers, with the company finding that cruisers in their 30s are more likely to travel to exotic destinations.
Venice has called on other popular cruise destinations to unite in an appeal for new cruise ship rules. Pino Musolino, chairman of the northern Adriatic Sea port authority, has written to eight other cruise ports asking them to “join forces” to oblige cruise lines to "launch ships compatible with our structures and the environment".
The 60-day countdown has started for the Sky Princess as the new Princess ship will leave the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy on 12 October 2019. The Sky Princess will offer cruises from a choice of three ports - Athens, Barcelona and Rome - until December 2019 where guests can choose from a variety of seven- to 28-night cruises that will visit various destinations in Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Malta, Gibraltar, Montenegro and Portugal.
The Cayman Islands may be getting closer to a long-awaited dedicated cruise berth as government officials announced the Verdant Isle group as the preferred bidder for the project, which is expected to carry a $240m price tag. The group includes Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises as well as a number of local companies. Local reports said the project would be funded through capital from the two cruise lines and a loan from FirstCaribbean International Bank..
Shanghai will establish a demonstration zone for cruise tourism, approved by China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the municipal authorities said on 6 August. Shanghai aims to become a hub for cruise tourism and a base for cruise companies' headquarters across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as a world-class home port and cruise tourism destination, by further innovating the policies, expanding its regional influence and upgrading the service capability for the cruise industry, said the municipal culture and tourism bureau.