31 Jan '13, 7pm

North Americans top cruise clients

North Americans top cruise clients

The future of cruises looks bright. A sector that is being boosted by big launches and innovative programs continues to attract an increasing number of customers. North Americans still go on more cruises than any other nationality, but in a few years’ time, the Chinese, who, as of this week, can now opt for a vacation on the homegrown company HNA Cruises’ liner Henna, may overtake them. In ten years’ time, the number of individuals taking a cruise has more than doubled, reaching 20.6 million people in 2011 compared to 9.91 million in 2001 and 18.7 million in 2010 (+10%) according to the European Cruise Council (ECC). North Americans take the most cruises (11.5 million) compared to 6.2 million Europeans in 2011. But Europe is a market in full expansion. In Europe the British take the most cruises,(1.7 million travelers), followed by Germans (1.38 million) and Italians (923,...

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