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Record European cruise guest figures

The world’s largest official cruise body, the Cruise Lines International Association, has announced that 2013 saw a record level of European cruise passengers. The 30th annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference was the venue where it was announced that more Europeans than ever before booked a cruise last year, with the figure reaching a record 6.357 million.

This equates to a four percent increase from the previous year, 2012, and reflects the huge boom in popularity that new river cruises in Europe have experienced in recent years - a momentum that shows no signs of slowing down. The European river cruise market has not only experienced a sharp increase in bookings in recent years but has, in fact, doubled in size in just eight years, according to recent findings.

For the future

Despite varying economic conditions across the continent, Europeans are looking to continue to book more river cruises in the future, with a five-year annual average European passenger growth set to stand at 7.1 percent based on these findings. This has led to many top inclusive Rhine river cruises being booked up far in advance by prospective guests hoping to enjoy this unique experience.

CLIA Europe chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, said of the industry’s popularity in this article, “The impressive figures on the European cruise market 2013 released today clearly show the strong growth trend of an industry”. This thought is supported by findings that the market has grown by an annual average rate of 3.2 percent over the past five years, despite ongoing economic uncertainty.

In addition to Europe’s increasing interest in the river cruise sector in general, it was found that cruises are most popular with British residents, with the UK responsible for 27 percent of the continent’s cruise traffic.

To find out why European river cruising has become so popular of late, take a look at Emerald Waterways’ impressive range of itineraries and cruise dates for 2014 and 2015.


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