The cruise industry has just broken through the glass ceiling as it has finally become known as a mainstream holiday.
With the number of UK cruise passengers set to hit two million by 2020, there are a lot of important milestones for cruisers to look forward to.
Despite the devastating hurricanes, 2017 was described as a “perfect year” for the industry in terms of performance by the three leading cruise companies, and 2018 is set to surpass it.
David Dingle, deputy chairman of CLIA, stated: “I genuinely feel we have broken through the ‘glass ceiling’ at long last. I think we are at the stage where cruising is being recognised as a mainstream holiday.”
It has been noted that the cruise industry is undergoing a significant new ship building programme following the financial slump in 2008.
“During that period there has been a lag in the introduction of new capacity,” Dingle added. “So as much as anything we are going through a catching up exercise.”
There are currently 72 ships on order that total to a value of $50 billion and are set to be built before 2025.
All of the major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises and Carnival, have ships launching in 2018.
Dingle has also dismissed any Brexit concerns, saying that the cruise industry is one of those sectors that will be largely unaffected by the UK leaving the EU: “There is no reason why UK passengers would be treated any differently from, say, US passengers when they come to Europe.”
What do you think of cruising going mainstream? Do you think it is about time and it should’ve happened a long time ago? Or do you think this is the perfect time for this to happen? Leave us your thoughts and comments!
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