Cruise Ship Industry Statistics

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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 families1,600,000
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
Percent 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 utilization104 %
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 %
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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
Queen Victoria4.18
Thomson Celebration4.15
Oriana4.14
Aurora4.14
Independence of the Seas4.13
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: American Association of Port Authorities, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: March 3, 2017

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