The cruises generated in Spain a business of 4.252 million in 2017 in a record year in Europe

Spain contributed 9% of the European total, which broke the record with 47,860 million in 2017

The cruise industry contributed a record 47,860 million euros to the European economy in 2017, 16.9% more than in 2015, according to the latest data published by the International Cruise Lines Association (CLIA) in its new European Economic Contribution Report, of biennial periodicity.

Since the last study, prepared in 2015, the growth of the cruise sector in Spain has been 12%, to generate last year a total of 4,252 million euros – 9% of the European total – of which 1,481 million They are direct contribution.

These figures place Spain as the fifth European country that most benefits from the cruise industry and one of the fastest growing, since in two years the average European growth has been 7.5%.

The director of CLIA in Spain, Alfonso Serrano, who presented the report on Monday at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Barcelona, ​​highlighted the growth of the sector both in Europe, which in the last ten years has grown 68 %, as a national.

In addition, Serrano has highlighted the role of Spain and Barcelona, ​​which is why the study has been presented in the Catalan capital: “The Port of Barcelona is the first in Europe in number of passengers,” he said.

During the presentation, the senior vice president of strategic global communications and Clia research, Megan King; the president of CLIA in Spain, Raffaele D’Ambrosio and the general secretary of Strategy and Commercial of the Port of Barcelona, ​​Santiago Garcia-Milà.

For its part, King has spoken of a clear impact of the industry in Europe and has indicated Barcelona as one of the best ports, while D’Ambrosio has influenced the positive numbers of the industry but has claimed stability: “To generate this value are necessary investments of millions of euros and to continue growing we need stability “.


Regarding the impact of the sector on a continental scale, in 2017 it reached the 40 cruise lines domiciled in Europe, which operate 137 cruises with a capacity close to 164.00 beds, which is 10% more than in 2015.

In two years, the number of cruise passengers has grown by 7.8%, the embarkation of European ports has increased by 6.2% and the total number of stopovers in Europe has increased by 9.5%, in addition to the direct expenditure by the industry in the territory, led by the cruise lines, which has grown by a 17% generic, to 19,700 million euros.

Since 2015, there have also been an increase of 7.7% in jobs, to 403,621, while in the case of Spain, growth has been slightly higher, from 9.3%, to 31,233 jobs.


Europe remains the second most popular cruise destination in the world, second only to the Caribbean. The study shows that 6.5 million passengers embarked from European ports, which is 6.1% more than in 2015.

In addition, European shipyards are at the heart of the world’s cruise construction industry. Here, the world’s largest and most innovative ships continue to be built, which means that construction and maintenance costs have increased for the sixth year.

In 2017, cruise lines spent 5,600 million euros in European shipyards, representing an increase of 22.4% over 2015. Currently, there are 66 ships scheduled for delivery until 2021, with a total value of more than 29,400 million of euros.

The report describes Europe as a “nerve center” for the industry, since it represents the second largest issuing market in the world, the second destination for cruise ships and the main shipbuilding region: “There are currently 66 scheduled for delivery until 2021,” he said. added Serrano, and highlighted the arrival of Liquefied Natural Gas as a new, more sustainable fuel.