Recently the Cruise Lines International Association has proclaimed that over 25.3 million people will set off for a cruise trip in 2017.
These numbers stand for 4.5 percent augment from 2016. Originally, the forecast of the year 2016 foreboded 24.2 million travelers to take a cruise. Meanwhile, CLIA gave a prospect of 24 million for this year.
The forecast for 2017 appeared on Thursday and it has a strong correlation between yearly capacity increases and passenger increases.
It is expected that in 2017 the China direction will be highly popular among all kinds of travelers, including cruise fans. It was estimated that over 26 new ocean, river, and specialty ships will be deployed year-round in China. Moreover, the Caribbean Islands also remain at the top of passengers’ interests. Several cruise lines admitted their willingness to take Cuba destination for the first time in the new year. That fact determines a high level of accretion of the fresh excitement for Caribbean itineraries in all.
“The cruise industry is responding to global demand and we are highly encouraged by both the short-term and long-term outlook,” announced Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA’s president and CEO. “From technological advancements and deployment of new ships to new ports and destinations around the world, the industry continues to respond to desires of today’s travelers resulting in steady growth and strong economic impact around the world.”
North America President of privately owned MSC Cruises, Roberto Fusaro also admitted the fact that the Caribbean, with today’s 34 percent of activity, will be the most visited cruise destination in 2017.
“Outside of the Caribbean however, there is a growing interest in Northern Europe and the Emirates region as new cities and destinations rise in popularity and become available to cruisers.”
Except old popular and beloved-of-all destinations, multiple cruise lines open new exciting itineraries for their passengers.
For example, Carnival Cruise Line opened new locations to watch in 2017.
“Amber Cove, Dominican Republic is a newly opened cruise port that is a gateway to the beautiful northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Until its opening, cruise ships had not called on this lush northern coast in decades,” the company said to CNBC via email.
“Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands is a world-renowned snorkeling, scuba diving, watersports and beach-laden jewel. There is only one cruise ship dock in all of the Turks & Caicos and this small island continues to be one of the most popular ports on our itineraries since the facility opened a handful of years ago,” the company said.
On the threshold of the New Year largest trends for 2017, the CLIA underlines a rising interest from millennials and generation X travelers expanding volume of request for the travel agents’ services and high demand for river cruises. Recent survey conducted by the CLIA showed results which claims that for the younger generation rates cruise travel as better than land-based vacations, all-inclusive resorts, tours, vacation house rentals, or camping.
One of the strongest trends marked by MSC Cruises’ Fusaro is the for the culinary tours and local cuisine tasting at the ports travelers visit.
“More so than ever food is playing a role in tourism and travel experiences worldwide. As food plays a unique role within every culture, travelers are looking for experiences that expose them to exciting culinary offerings and connect them to local culture. We anticipate this continuing to drive consumer travels in 2017,” he explained.
Moreover, Carnival Cruise Lines estimated that one of the popular trends will also remain the wedding vacations and those that could be enjoyed with loved ones.