Cruise Ship Industry Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: American Association of Port Authorities, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association
Research Date: March 3rd, 2015

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.

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Cruise Industry StatisticsData
Annual cruise industry revenue for the US economy$37.85 billion
Number of cruise industry jobs in the US314,000
Annual number of cruise ship passengers20,335,000
Percent of cruise passengers that originated in North America60 %
Average annual growth rate of the cruise industry since 19807.4 %
Number of children 18 and under that sailed with their famalies1,600,000
Number of new cruise ships that debuted in 200914
Number of new cruise ships currently on order26
Amount being spent on new ships$15 billion
Perent of cruises that were in the Caribbean37.02 %
Average length of a cruise7.2 days
Number of North American embarkation ports30
Number of embarkation ports around the world2,000
Average ship capacity untilization104 %
Number of cruise ships that have sank since 197955
Total number of passengers who died on a cruise ship since 1979172
*Death count includes all causes of death
Cruise Passenger Demographic StatisticsData
Average age of a cruise passenger50 +
Average household earnings$109,000
Percent of passengers who are college graduates86 %
Percent who are married and work full time62 %
Percent of people age 25+ with earnings of $40,000+ who have taken a cruise44.6 %
Percent of the total US population who have taken a cruise19.9 %
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 StatisticsData
Percent of cruise passengers who think its a great way to sample destinations80 %
Percent of would return to the Caribbean for a land based vacation50 %
Bahamas21 %
Hawaii13 %
Mexico13 %
Europe12 %
Alaska11 %
Percent of cruisers who travel with their spouse75 %
Percent who travel with their children (under 18)25 %
Percent who travel with their friends23 %
Percent who travel with other family members21 %
Most Appealing Destinations to Cruise 
Caribbean43 %
Alaska25 %
Bahamas25 %
Hawaii15 %
Mediterranean / Greek Islands / Turkey14 %
Bermuda11 %
Europe9 %
Panama Canal8 %
Mexico (West Coast )8 %
Top Rated Cruise Ships by Passenger ReviewsRating (0-5)
Celebrity Equinox4.4
Queen Elizabeth 24.34
Queen Mary 24.33
Celebrity Eclipse4.2
Qneen Victoria4.18
Thomson Celebration4.15
Independence of the Seas4.13

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