The Cruise Lines International Association has released the findings from two new reports about the Asian Cruise market. The first, 2017 Asia Cruise Trends, is a comprehensive analysis of the cruise industry within Asia. The second, the2016 North Asia Economic Impact Study, reveals the economic impact the cruise industry has had to the North Asian market.
Highlights from the 2017 Asia Cruise Trends show that a total of 3.1 million Asians took cruises in 2016, 55 per cent more than in 2015. Of these, 68 per cent or 2.1 million were from mainland China, a market which almost doubled as it grew by 99 per cent last year and at a four-year CAGR of 76 per cent, confirming China as the world’s fastest growing major source of passengers.
In 2017, 66 cruise ships are being deployed in Asian waters. Five of these are mega ships (more than 3,500 passenger capacity), 13 are large (2,000 to 3,500 passengers), 26 of the deployed ships will be mid-size, and 17 seasonal small upscale ships will be active in the Asian region. In addition, the Expedition niche will have five ships deployed in limited seasons. In 2013, there were only 43 ships cruising in Asia, marking a 53 per cent growth since 2013.