Cruising Boom in Asia Continues

By ,   August 14, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

CLIA reports a total of 2,08 million Asian cruise passengers in 2015, which is a 24% growth over 2014. 

Between 2012 and 2015, the number of Chinese cruise passengers grew at an annual rate 66%, with 40% growth rate in 2015. In total, 986,000 cruise passengers were from China, or close to half of all Asian cruisers, compared to 703,000 (2014). In both 2014 and 2015, China was the world's fastest growing market.

Almost 30% of all Asian cruise passengers opted for 2- to 3-night itineraries, while half chose 4- to 6-night and 19% took 7- to 13-night cruises. The average cruise length has increased from 5,2 nights (2014) to 5,3 nights (2015).

In 2015, over 80% of these cruisers went to more than 204 destinations in 17 Asian countries. Only 16% flew to destinations outside Asia (Europe, Alaska, Caribbean).

In 2016, Japan has the most popular destinations and will host 1,526 port calls. Follow China (850), South Korea (745), Vietnam (466) Malaysia (422), Singapore (391). The most visited cruise port in 2016 is Jeju Island, South Korea (460 calls), closely followed by Shanghai (437), Singapore (391) and Fukuoka (258).

In 2016, a total of 60 cruise ships will sail in Asia versus 43 (2013) and 52 (2015). 14 will operate yearround, 12 are with extended Asian deployments. Many of these vessels feature new onboard amenities, dining venues and entertainment tailored to Asian guests.

In 2016, the number of available ship cruises will rise by 43% to 1,560 itineraries. Total passenger capacity in Asia in 2016 will surge by 51% to reach 3.2 million.