Aussies hit the open seas in record numbers
ONE in every 19 Aussies took a cruise last year, and busted an industry record in the process.
More than 1.2 million Aussies hopped on a cruise ship in 2016. The increase of 222,378 passengers getting on board is the biggest rise on record.
The numbers were released in the 2016 Australian Ocean Passenger Cruise Industry Source Market Report.
The most popular cruises are itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, which account for 76.7% of Australian cruise passengers.
Cruise Lines International Association, the organisation behind the report, also revealed that Australia achieved the equivalent of 5.3% market penetration.
“The growing capacity and the wide variety of cruising options being offered are capturing the imagination of Australians,” Cruise Lines International Association Australasia managing director Joel Katz said.
Mr Katz said further industry growth was being hampered by a lack of berthing options in capital cities.
“To achieve the 11.8% annual Australian passenger growth needed to achieve the goal of two million passengers by 2020, there are significant challenges facing us as an industry here in Australia, particularly in Sydney,” he said. For more information go to cruising.org.au.