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Cruise travel on the rise

Demand for cruise travel has continued to grow.

A study by Cruise Lines International Association has found that demand for these type of holidays has increased a whopping seven percent between 2017 and 2018, with 28.5 million passengers taking to the seas in those 12 months.

The Mediterranean is a popular cruise destination, with this location showing an eight percent increase between 2017 to 2018 - a total of four million cruise passengers. The Caribbean is also a popular destination, with 11.3 million cruise passengers taking to this area via the sea, an increase in six percent.

Cruise passengers prefer to go on shorter trips, with seven day ones the most popular and up an impressive 10 percent in 2018.

Alaskan cruises have also seen a great increase in demand as of late, with a 13 per cent change between 2017 and 2018. After a big boom in the last few years, the popularity of Asian cruises has levelled out now.

Kelly Craighead, president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), said: "It is not surprising that cruise travel is on par with overall international tourism growth. Cruising makes international travel accessible for travellers worldwide and it is apparent in the 2018 CLIA global passenger findings. From a renewed interest in cruises to the Mediterranean to a significant increase in adventure cruising, travellers are embracing cruise travel more than ever before."

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