Record breaking start to summer cruising season

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???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????As the summer cruise season gets under way in Europe, 96 ships have sailed back to European waters from their winter routes in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and Asia, bringing the total fleet in the region this summer to 200 cruise ships, operated by 65 lines, serving at least 530 destinations stretching from the Mediterranean to the Arctic.

Underlining the industry’s steady growth in Europe, the European summer fleet will include 11 new ships this year, including three ships re-entering service for new operators as the data compiled for the Cruise Lines International Association in Europe shows.

“The number of new destinations, new lines and new ships entering service in Europe this year are all further evidence of how cruising is growing and will continue to grow in the region, drawing on Europe’s unique offering in terms of its rich culture, its varied geography and its long maritime traditions, and its expertise in hospitality and service,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, CLIA Europe’s Chairman.

“Seeing so many ships arriving in European ports for the start of the summer cruising season underlines how the European cruise sector is an integral and growing part of the global cruise industry that offers consumers high value holiday options and economic benefits to hundreds of communities,” said Robert Ashdown, Secretary General of CLIA Europe

Key facts

1. Number of cruise lines operating in Europe, summer 2013

 

Areas of Operation

Western Mediterranean

Central Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean/ Black Sea

Other Mediterranean

Atlantic Islands

Baltic

Norway/ Arctic

Other N Eur

Total

46

42

48

13

26

39

42

42

65

Source: G. P. Wild (International) Limited for CLIA Europe.

2. Number of Ships operating in Europe, summer 2013, by size (gross tonnage)

 

Lower Berths

<500

500-1,000

1,000-1,750

1,750-2,500

2,500+

Total

Number

67

34

31

36

32

200

Tonnage

12,442

24,438

42,352

73,508

98,377

251,117

Newly delivered

1

1

0

1

4

7

New operators

3

0

0

0

0

3

Extensive alterations

0

0

0

0

1

1

Source: G. P. Wild (International) Limited for CLIA Europe.

3.     Number of ships switching to Europe from other regions, summer 2013.

 

Total Passengers

Number of ships repositioning from:

Caribbean

S America

Africa/ Asia

Total

162,166

59

24

13

96

Source: G. P. Wild (International) Limited for CLIA Europe.

       4.    Number of destinations in Europe, summer 2013

Areas of Operation

W Med

C Med

E Med/ Black Sea

Atl Is

Baltic

Norway/ Arctic

Other N Eur

Total

102

43

103

26

52

80

124

530

 

Note: New ports in 2013 are Arendal and Bronnoysund in Norway and Bristol in the UK.

Some ports serving ships of fewer than 50 passengers have been omitted.

Source: G. P. Wild (International) Limited for CLIA Europe.

 

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