(12:15 p.m. EDT) — Eight out of 10 travel agents affiliated with the cruise industry are expecting an increase in sales for 2016, according to a report released by the Cruise Lines International Association.
The report, called 2016 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, projects that nearly 24 million passengers will sail in 2016, up from 15 million a decade earlier in 2006. The industry will debut 27 new cruise ships in 2016, including ocean and river vessels.
Among the other 2016 trends outlined by CLIA:
- River cruising continues to grow, with a double-digit increase of new ships in 2016.
- Asia is the fastest growing region in the cruise industry, with passenger volume growing at a 34 percent annually between 2012 and 2014.
- Australia is also a hotbed for cruising, with the number of passengers growing from 158,000 in 2004 to more than 1 million in 2014.
- Luxury cruising is on the rise, with more lines adding concierge services, exclusive tours, gourmet dining and butler service.
- More lines are offering overnight stops in ports, allowing passengers to immerse themselves in the destinations.
- Intergenerational travel has become popular, with grandparents and extended family taking cruises together or having reunions.
- Voluntourism cruises, where passengers have an opportunity to make a difference in ports they visit, will become more available in 2016.
Interested in more cruise trends for 2016? See what Cruise Critic has to say about what’s ahead for 2016.