Growth and volume by region

  • North America represented the largest ocean passenger volume in 2017 (49% ) with a total of more than 13 million ocean cruise passengers followed by Europe (26%) with nearly seven million ocean cruise passengers.
  • The US and Canada saw impressive ocean passenger growth in 2017 with a 5% increase over the prior year.
  • Asia, accounting for about 15% of total global ocean passenger volume in 2017, experienced a 20.5% increase last year in comparison to 2016.
  • Australia also experienced some positive growth at around 5%.
  • Europe also remains strong with recording a 2.5% global passenger growth over 2016.

-->North America (49%)
-->Europe (26%)
-->Asia (15%)
-->Australia/Pacific (5.4%)
-->South Central America (3.2%)
-->Other (1.6%)


New analytics also reveal the average age of global ocean passengers last year was 47 years old. These passengers also preferred cruising for an average of 7.2 days, 2% lower than the average cruise length in 2016.

The future

For 2018, based on the new vessel launch schedule and expected regional deployment, CLIA is projecting another positive year-over-year growth for the industry with a passenger forecast of 28 million.