The cruise industry sails towards a better future

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The cruise industry sails towards a better future
Kelly Craighead, CLIA
Source: Twitter @CLIAGlobal
April 26, 2022

CLIA revealed at Seatrade Cruise Global that they expect a rapid recovery of the sector, with passenger volume similar to 2019 by the end of 2023 

At Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami, Florida, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) shared new findings that are evidence of the resilience of the cruise community.

“As the industry resumes operations, passenger volumes are expected to rebound and exceed 2019 levels by the end of 2023, with passenger volumes forecast to recover 12% above pre-2023 levels. the pandemic by the end of 2026,” said Kelly Craighead, president and chief executive officer. , CLIA. “Cruises are accessible, responsible and experiential, making them the best way to see the world for people of all ages and interests. With the support of an incredibly resilient community, the future of the cruise industry is bright."

Consumer Research Highlights:

Intention to sail is picking up, with 63% of cruise passengers or potential cruise passengers indicating they are "very likely" or "likely" to sail in the next two years.
69% of respondents who have never cruised said they are open to cruising, exceeding pre-pandemic levels.
Millennial cruise passengers are the most enthusiastic about taking another cruise, with 87% saying they will take a cruise in the next few years, followed by Generation X at 85%.

As we continue to sail back better, CLIA and our member lines announced important environmental sustainability commitments that will drive innovation for a more efficient future.

Today's announcements include a commitment by CLIA's transoceanic members to pursue net-zero carbon cruises by 2050. Additionally, by 2035, all ships calling at ports with shore-side electricity (SSE) will be equipped to use SSE, which will allow the engines to be switched off and effectively remove carbon emissions while docked in port. When shore power is not available, ships will use available alternative low-carbon technologies required by ports.

The industry is acting now for the future. We are reducing the carbon footprint of our ships while at berth and at sea, investing in advanced environmental technologies, and partnering with cities and ports on sustainable destination management. By equipping cruise ships with the ability to plug in electricity on land and use it where available, the cruise industry is poised to eliminate emissions while in port for the benefit of local communities. This is responsible tourism in action.

Recognizing that onshore power is only one path to decarbonization, CLIA also shared that it will join the World Maritime Forum Call to Action for shipping decarbonization to make zero-emission ships and fuels the default option for 2030.


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