Cruise ship tourism is booming worldwide

Based on data from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), around 28.5 million travellers took a journey on cruise vessels in 2018. Around 30.0 million passengers are expected in 2019. Since 2009, the number of travellers has on average risen by 5.5 % each year. With the steadily growing demand, the supply of ships is also increasing. A total of 22 new cruise ships with more than 41,000 lower berths are expected for 2019.

Cruise ship tourism is booming worldwide © ISL

Another 23 cruise ships with 43,000 lower berths are expected to be added in 2020. A new trend can be observed here: On the one hand, shipping companies are again focusing on smaller ships in the luxury and expedition segment, and on the other hand the new ships will be more environmentally friendly with LNG propulsion or exhaust gas cleaning systems. The current ISL "Shipping Statistics and Market Review" gives an overview of the cruise market mid-2019 and is available via our Webshop.