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Nearly full operation of global cruise industry forecast for August 2022

In a just-released outlook report, the Washington-based Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says that currently 75% of ocean-going member capacity has returned to service, and nearly 100% is projected to be in operation by August 2022.

“The 2022 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report provides an opportunity to reflect on how far our industry has come as CLIA ocean-going cruise lines have welcomed more than six million guests onboard since resuming operations in July 2020,” said Kelly Craighead, President and CEO of CLIA. “While our focus on health and safety remains absolute, our industry is also leading the way in environmental sustainability and destination stewardship.”

The CLIA has targeted carbon neutral cruising by 2050. By 2027, CLIA members will be operating 26 LNG-powered cruise ships, while 81% of global capacity will be fitted with Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems. Another 174 cruise ships with shoreside power connectivity, the report indicates.

The report also features new 2020 economic impact data, including insights concerning the industry’s recovery from the pandemic, the value of cruise tourism and the leadership and advancements in the areas of responsible tourism and maritime practices.

 According to the report, there were 5.8 million passenger embarkations in 2020, representing a decline of 81% versus 2019. The industry supported 576,000 jobs in 2020, a decrease of 51% compared to 2019, and a total $63.4 billion economic contribution, representing a drop of 59%.

 In 2022, CLIA ocean-going member cruise lines are forecast to debut 16 new cruise ships, including five LNG-powered vessels and nine expedition ships. (photo of Québec City, Pierre Terrien)