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CLIA Lines Carry 10 Percent More Passengers in 2011
February 29, 2012

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has just released its 2012 Cruise Industry Update, which shows that its 26 member lines carried an estimated 16.3 million passengers in 2011, an increase of 10 percent over 2010.

CLIA-member lines have experienced an average annual passenger growth rate of 7.5 percent since 1980, with average yearly occupancies above 100 percent. In 2010, the CLIA fleet sailed at 103.2 percent capacity

The update says roughly 3 percent of Americans took a cruise vacation in 2011 and approximately 24 percent of Americans have ever cruised. Travel agents sell nearly three-quarters of all cruises.

The top destinations by passenger bed days in 2011, with percentage of business, are, in order, the Caribbean, 33.7 percent; the Mediterranean, 20.4 percent; Europe/Scandinavia, 7.9 percent; Alaska, 6.18 percent; the Bahamas, 6.05 percent; Western Mexico, 3.27 percent; trans-Atlantic, 2.9 percent; Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific, 2.7 percent; trans-canal, 2.5 percent; South America, 2.4 percent; and Hawaii, 2.14 percent.

Source :- http://www.travelpulse.com/
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