The number of ocean cruise passengers reached highest ever figure of 23.2 million in 2015, according to a release by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

CLIA has also revised projections up for 2016, predicting that passenger numbers will hit 24.2 million by the end of the year.

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The growth is attributable to emerging regions of the globe, with Asia experiencing highest year-over-year increase of 24%, with over 2 million ocean cruise passengers in 2015.

The Australia region, including the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand - had a 14% year-on-year increase in ocean cruise passengers, topping 1.1 million.

Speaking at Cruise360 Conference in Vancouver last week, CLIA president and CEO Cindy D'Aoust, said: 

"The success in 2015 demonstrates the cruise industry's continued strength in the overall travel sector.

"This is a direct result of the amazing work and commitment of our community of Cruise Lines, Executive Partners and Travel Agencies and Agents. Plus, with the highest satisfaction rates among all leisure travel segments, it reflects that a cruise holiday is the holiday of choice for travelers around the world."

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