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Where the Cruise Market is Headed in 2019!

As most of you know, I have been on many cruises (62 and counting!) A cruise is perfect way to see a part of the world, give it a little preview, and decide where you may want to come back for a longer vacation. If you break down cost/value, they can be an economical choice as well with all food and many activities included. Cruise lines continue to grow and offer more and more to consumers. (Like the new Celebrity EDGE which I wrote about here!)

According to a recent report, CLIA predicts a 6% growth in 2019 to 30 million cruise travelers. That is a lot of people sailing the seas! To break it down a bit for you, take a look at some interesting stats:

New ships:

  • 13 new ocean ships

  • 17 new river ships

  • 12 new expedition ships


This year cruise lines are investing in their existing fleets:

  • Celebrity is in the midst of a $500 million "Revolution" which includes re-imagining its entire fleet.

  • Oceania announced "Oceania Next" in August. The first ship, Insignia, just completed its remodel.

  • Windstar announced the "Star Plus" initiative to renovate and lengthen three ships. 

As more people choose cruising as a vacation option, you can expect better experiences including onboard activities, dining, and more! Carnival just announced the introduction of a roller coaster onboard! Whether you are looking for family friendly fun or single adventures, ships area really ramping up their game.


In 2019, 12 new expedition ships will hit the water.

  • Lindblad launched two ships during 2018. 

  • Celebrity will launch Flora, the first ship designed specifically for the Galapagos (above), in May.

  • And new vessels from Ponant, Hurtigruten, Scenic and Hapag-Lloyd are coming, with more to follow in 2020.

Interested in a cruise vacation? Message me for details!

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