Asia is the third largest cruise region after North America and Europe.
Singapore - China continues to dominate the cruise passenger share of Asia, while passengers from Taiwan and Singapore have been steadily growing in numbers, according to the 2018 Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source Market Report by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Asia hits a record high in 2018 with 4.24 million cruise passengers. Asian cruise passengers predominantly sail in Asia with more than 50% (2.2 million) cruising in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Almost 40% (1.7 million) cruise in the rest of Asia.
According to Joel Katz, Managing Director for CLIA Australasia & Asia, with nine out of ten Asian cruise travellers choosing to cruise in Asia, it is clear that cruising will keep growing in popularity as more capacity will be deployed to Asia in the next few years.
“Asian cruise passengers are found across the age spectrum, suggesting different consumer segments interested in a cruise holiday and providing numerous possibilities for industry partners to develop the cruise penetration rate in this region,” added Katz.
Asia is the third largest cruise region after North America and Europe. Outside of Asia, the Mediterranean, Caribbean/South America, Baltics/Northern Europe, and Alaska were popular choices, in that order.
Asian cruise passengers are found across the age spectrum with an estimated average age of 45.4 years, lower than the global average of 47 years. Only three markets show real divergence: India, a young 37-year average; Indonesia a 39-year average and Japan an older 57 years.
Shorter sailings remain the dominant choice of Asians, 89% of whom are sailing 4-6 nights with an average duration of 4.9 days.