The cruise market will reach 32 million passengers in 2020

Highlights the global economic impact and commitment to responsible tourism practices

The global cruise industry expects to reach 32 million passengers in 2020, two million more than expected for this year, according to data from the International Cruise Lines Association (CLIA) that has presented its annual report on the perspectives of this industry .

Almost half of the passengers will come from North America (14.24 million), followed by far by travelers from Western Europe (6.73 million), Asia (4.24 million) and Australia-Pacific (1.46 million).

To meet this demand, the incorporation of 19 new ships to the market is planned in the next year, so the world cruise fleet will ascend to 278 ships by the end of 2020.

The study also highlights the economic contribution of the sector, which employs more than 1.1 million people, equivalent to 50,240 million dollars (45,127 million euros) in wages.

The report notes that passengers spend $ 376 (337 euros) in the cities before embarking on a cruise and spend $ 101 (90.7 euros) at each port destination that the ship visits.


The report also affects the environmental commitment of the industry. According to its data, the sector is developing investments worth 22,000 million dollars (19,760 million euros) for the development of new energy efficiency technologies, and has announced its commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.

Almost one in two new ships that are being built use liquefied natural gas to propel themselves, and 68% of the global cruise fleet has the hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system (ECGS), which reduces polluting particles to the half.

All ships that sail in the future have a water recycling system and 88% turn off their engines at the destination and turn to the port’s electricity.

These measures add to others such as battery propulsion, the reduction of single-use plastics and the incorporation of solar energy.


CLIA President Kelly Craighead especially highlights the contribution of cruise ships to local economies and in generating employment.

According to the association in 2020, new travelers will be more concerned with respecting local culture and diversifying excursions, where six out of ten prefer to spend a few more days on the scales to get to know the destination in depth.

The duration of the trips continues to change, and many travelers look for fast trips. Cruise lines will offer small cruises over a period of three to five days that offer shorter itineraries to a variety of destinations.

In addition marriage rates are decreasing and the number of single adults is growing worldwide. As a result, cruise lines are responding to the change in passenger demographics by offering study cabins, simple activities, eliminating individual supplements and individual rooms.