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European cruise market grew by 3.4% in 2016 - CLIA Europe

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

The number of Europeans who booked a cruise in 2016 amounted to 6.67 million, an increase of 3.4% on the previous year, figures released by CLIA Europe show.

The German market expanded by 11.3% and reached 2.0 million passengers, while in the UK, the growth rate was 5.6% and the passenger count 1.89 million.

In Spain, the growth was 4.2%, but CLIA Europe did not provide the number of passengers from the country.

UK ocean cruise market seen hitting two million mark 2017, UK ports likely to exceed one million boardings

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

The UK and Ireland ocean cruise market is likely to hit the two million mark this year, one year after Germany reached the milestone, while the number of passengers embarking on their cruise at a UK port is likely to exceed the one million mark for the first time, CLIA UK & Ireland said in a statement.

In 2016, UK ports accounted for 912,000 of the 1.89 million total cruise passenger count. Their share of the total increased by 1.3 percentage points to 48.3%, while the share of fly cruises decreased to 51.7% a decrease of 1.3 percentage points, with 976,000 passengers.

Cruises accounted for 4.2% of all UK foreign holidays, the figure remained stable for the third year in a row, but it is nevertheless double the level of 2001, CLIA UK & Ireland said.


Celebrity Edge staterooms to feature “infinite balconies”

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

The Celebrity Edge class cruise ships will feature 918 standard balcony cabins with “infinite balconies” that can be used either as part of the cabin or the balcony.

Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises ltd that owns Celebrity Cruises, said in a presentation that the cabins will be about 25sqm in size, about 23% larger than those on the Celebrity Solstice class and well above the 15 to 17 sqm average on large cruise ships built in the last decade.

The cabins feature French balcony doors that span the width of the cabin plus a sliding glass window that allow turning the balcony into an indoor or outdoor space.

Two large suites will be located immediately above the bridge and a Retreat range of suites, a new for the company, will feature a sun deck plus pool reserved for suite guests, company officials said. All cabins on the ships have been designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE, the British interior designer.

European river cruise market grew 2.7% to 1.36 million passengers 2016

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

The number of passengers on river cruises in Europe increased by 2.7% to 1.36 million last year, figures released by IG River Cruise, an industry association based in Basel in Switzerland said in statement.

The average daily rate rose by 4.7% to €149, while ticket sales rose by 3.1% to €448.7million. The Rhine attracted 35.5% of the passengers, followed by the Danube with a 34.4% share, IG River Cruise said.


Jamaica to unveil major cruise initiative

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä

Jamaica is poised to be the most significant cruise destination in the Caribbean with 518 cruise ship port calls in 2016 and more than two million cruisers expected in 2017. Recently, Jamaica welcomed six of the world’s largest cruise vessels on the same day in the ports of Falmouth, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Kingston. With the six vessels in port, Jamaica played host to over 15,000 cruise passengers eager to explore the vibrant destination. Fittingly, Jamaica was awarded 2016 “World's Leading Cruise Destination” by the World Travel Awards.

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett and Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook will lead discussions on the island’s Cruise Jamaica initiative at the upcoming Seatrade Cruise Global event taking place March 13-16 in Fort Lauderdale. Jamaica’s tourism leaders, along with the Port Authority of Jamaica, will focus on increasing greater awareness of Jamaica as a leading cruise destination. Jamaica will be at Booth #2621.

“We’re pleased to be participating in this year’s Seatrade, the world’s largest cruise conference,” said Minister Bartlett. “Jamaica is experiencing monumental growth as a cruise destination and this is an invaluable opportunity for us to meet with key industry influencers, thought leaders and spokespersons. Together we will discuss issues faced by the industry as a whole and how Jamaica can continue to promote the growth of the cruise sector.”

Jamaica is home to five vibrant and bustling cruise ports including Montego Bay, Falmouth, Ocho Rios, Kingston and Port Antonio. These ports provide cruise goers access to Jamaica’s white sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, rugged mountain trails, world-class golf courses, historic landmarks, arts and culture, duty-free shopping and more.