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Ocean cruises in 2018 hit a record high, reveals CLIA Cruise Review

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has published figures from its annual Cruise Review industry report, which looks at cruise figures and stats from 2018 including the total number of passengers, top destinations, and the average age of a cruise guest.

For the UK and Irish market, the number of ocean cruises taken last year reached over two million for the first time, hitting a record 2,009,000 in 2018 - up 2% from 2017. The UK & Ireland is only the second European market to have reached over two million cruises and the fourth globally.

The average cruise passenger age stood at 57 years, which can be contributed to the growth in the number of families choosing a cruise as their preferred holiday.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “Surpassing the two million mark is a significant milestone as it demonstrates the continued strength of cruising as a mainstream holiday choice for the British & Irish.

“With cruise lines continuing to expand their offerings both onboard and ashore, creating extraordinary experiences not found on other types of holidays, and with the appeal of being able to explore fascinating destinations and only having to unpack once, cruise holidays have become appealing to a more diverse and often younger market.”

The average cruise duration was 10.1 days, indicating that British and Irish travellers enjoy longer cruises, with the number of 14-day cruises taken last year increasing by 5%, totalling at 397,000. The popularity of ‘taster cruises’ also grew significantly, with 149,000 passengers taking one to three-day cruises in 2018 – an increase of 29,000 – suggesting that new-to-cruise guests like to ‘try before they buy’ when it comes to a cruise holiday. 

Cruises in Europe remain the most popular choice for British & Irish holidaymakers, with the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Baltics taking up almost 70% of total cruises taken, and the market is still dominated by the ‘Big Three’ – the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean.

2018 saw a significant increase in the number of cruises taken in exploration destinations, such as the polar regions, the Galápagos Islands and Antarctica, with bookings growing from 22,000 in 2017 to 32,000 in 2018, an increase of 44%.


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