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Industry Overview •

In 2018, a record 28.2 million passengers cruised globally.

An estimated 30 million will cruise globally in 2019.

$134 billion in total economic impact and 1.11 million jobs paying $45.6 billion in wages and salaries were generated by the global cruise industry in 2017.

The cruise industry is the fastest-growing category in the leisure travel market.

From a capacity standpoint, utilization is consistently over 100%.

More than eight out of 10 CLIA-certified travel agents expect increased cruise sales in 2019.

Throughout its history, the cruise industry has responded to vacation desires of its guests and embraced innovation to develop new destinations, new ship designs, new and diverse onboard amenities, facilities and services, plus wide-ranging shore side activities. Cruise lines have also offered their guests new cruise themes and voyage lengths to meet the changing vacation patterns of today’s travelers.

The cruise ship order book from 2019-2027 includes 72 new vessels from FCCA Member Lines, representing more than 244,000 lower berths and an investment of $57.6 billion.

Note: Information for global ocean passenger capacity and economic impact, deployment, passenger sourcing and cruise travel predictions provided by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). 2019 forecast based upon historical relationship between yearly capacity increase and yearly passenger increase. New vessels and capacity deployment as identified through December 2018. New ship announcements, vessel retirements and quarterly passenger reporting will affect these figures.


Cruise Industry’s Economic Impact to Caribbean and Latin American Destinations


Highlights of the Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) 2018 Economic Contribution of Cruise Tourism to the Destination Economies* include: •

$3.36 billion in direct expenditures were generated by cruise tourism, up 6.3% compared to the last study in 2015 and the previous record.

78,954 jobs were attributable to the industry, up 5.2% compared to the last study, paying a total employee wage income of $902.7 million.

Destinations welcomed 25.2 million onshore visits from cruise passengers, with an average spend of $101.52, generating a total of $2.56 billion.

Destinations welcomed 4.4 million onshore visits from crew, with an average spend of $60.44, generating a total of $265.7 million.

$534 million was generated by cruise line expenditures, including port fees and taxes, payments to local tour operators and payments to local businesses for supplies and services.

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2019 FCCA Cruise Industry Overview  

2019 FCCA Cruise Industry Overview

2019 FCCA Cruise Industry Overview  

2019 FCCA Cruise Industry Overview

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