Cruise Ship Industry Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: American Association of Port Authorities, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association
Research Date: 1.1.2014
A cruise ship or cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ship’s amenities are a part of the experience, as well as the different destinations along the way. Transportation is not the prime purpose, as cruise ships operate mostly on routes that return passengers to their originating port, so the ports of call are usually in a specified region of a continent. There are even “cruises to nowhere” or “nowhere voyages” where the ship makes 2-3 day round trips without any ports of call. The cruise of the Augusta Victoria in the Mediterranean and the Near East from 22 January to 22 March 1891, with 241 passengers including Albert Ballin and wife, is often stated to have been the first ever cruise.
Cruise Industry Statistics Data
Annual cruise industry revenue for the US economy $37.85 billion
Number of cruise industry jobs in the US 314,000
Annual number of cruise ship passengers 20,335,000
Percent of cruise passengers that originated in North America 60 %
Average annual growth rate of the cruise industry since 1980 7.4 %
Number of children 18 and under that sailed with their famalies 1,600,000
Number of new cruise ships that debuted in 2009 14
Number of new cruise ships currently on order 26
Amount being spent on new ships $15 billion
Perent of cruises that were in the Caribbean 37.02 %
Average length of a cruise 7.2 days
Number of North American embarkation ports 30
Number of embarkation ports around the world 2,000
Average ship capacity untilization 104 %
   
Number of cruise ships that have sank since 1979 55
Total number of passengers who died on a cruise ship since 1979 172
*Death count includes all causes of death
Cruise Passenger Demographic Statistics Data
Average age of a cruise passenger 50 +
Average household earnings $109,000
Percent of passengers who are college graduates 86 %
Percent who are married and work full time 62 %
Percent of people age 25+ with earnings of $40,000+ who have taken a cruise 44.6 %
Percent of the total US population who have taken a cruise 19.9 %
Average spent per person per week on their cruise $1,770
Average spent per person per week on a non-cruise vacation $1,200
Cruise Passenger Behaviors & Attitude Statistics Data
Percent of cruise passengers who think its a great way to sample destinations 80 %
Percent of would return to the Caribbean for a land based vacation 50 %
Bahamas 21 %
Hawaii 13 %
Mexico 13 %
Europe 12 %
Alaska 11 %
Percent of cruisers who travel with their spouse 75 %
Percent who travel with their children (under 18) 25 %
Percent who travel with their friends 23 %
Percent who travel with other family members 21 %
Most Appealing Destinations to Cruise  
Caribbean 43 %
Alaska 25 %
Bahamas 25 %
Hawaii 15 %
Mediterranean / Greek Islands / Turkey 14 %
Bermuda 11 %
Europe 9 %
Panama Canal 8 %
Mexico (West Coast ) 8 %
Top Rated Cruise Ships by Passenger Reviews Rating (0-5)
Celebrity Equinox 4.4
Queen Elizabeth 2 4.34
Queen Mary 2 4.33
Celebrity Eclipse 4.2
Qneen Victoria 4.18
Thomson Celebration 4.15
Oriana 4.14
Aurora 4.14
Independence of the Seas 4.13
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