Cruise industry sees 2011 increases

The cruise industry has forecast a 6.6 per cent increase in passengers for 2011. Bob Sharak of CLIA, an American organisation that represents 25 member cruise lines, said the number was based on the findings of its own State of the Industry report. He told reporters in New York that the industry had been extraordinarily resilient during the economic downturn.

In 2011, he said, 73 per cent of passengers will originate from Canada or the United States. Within CLIA’s own membership, there were 15 million passengers in 2010 which translated to a 103 per cent occupancy.