According to the annual report released by the Cruise Lines International Association on Monday, February 9…
A record 23 million passengers are expected to sail this year, with 61 percent of North American CLIA-certified travel agents reporting an increase in 2015 travel bookings over this time last year.
Cruise lines are enticing travelers with nearly 1,000 ports of call in new, exotic locations, especially in the fast-growing Asian market. CLIA also revealed that member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 22 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2015 for a total investment of more than $4 billion.
The article also highlights 7 industry trends that will arise in 2015, including:
- travelers will continue to set sail – an increase of 4% more people will set sail in 2015 over 2014
- specialty cruises are popular – a fast growing segment of cruising
- passengers are more in control of their experience
Our hope is that among the growing trends in the cruising industry, that a continued focus on passenger safety is at the forefront. With 23 million people expected to be taking cruises this year, a percentage of them will suffer some sort of serious injury due to accident, sickness, assault and medical malpractice.
What are your thoughts regarding the increase in cruise ship passengers for 2015?