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Asia cruise destinations predicted to rise, highlights CLIA report

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released its 2019 Asia Cruise Deployment and Capacity Report with extensive details of Asia’s planned cruise activity in 2019.

The annual report has revealed how the number of Asia cruises is predicted to rise over the coming years as popularity for the region increases.

“The popularity of cruising in Asia is expected to grow further over coming years as cruise lines deploy new, larger vessels that have been purpose-built for Asian consumers,” said Joel Katz, CLIA Australasia & Asia’s managing director.

“The coming generation of ships will replace older ships previously based in Asia, and when coupled with new cruise infrastructure in several Asian destinations are expected to fuel strong interest among travellers. The result is likely to be a return to growth for cruising in Asia after a slight decline this year.

“Asia also has a wide diversity of appealing attractions, with many places possessing a spectacular coastline. Ships in Asia will call at 306 different destinations, an increase of 18 destinations from 2018, providing the range of choice for passengers cruising here.”

Highlights from the 2019 Asia Cruise Deployment and Capacity Report include:

According to the report, this year we will see a total of 1,917 sailings and generate capacity for 4.02 million passengers to cruise in Asia. There has been a 5.7 per cent year-on-year reduction of total passenger capacity, but this has been put down to the decrease of short cruise itinerary options from mainland China.

2019 will still see 79 ships from 39 cruise brands sailing in Asia, a similar level to last year.

There will be a total of 306 different destinations in Asia which will receive cruise ships this year, up from 288 in 2018.

Ships in Asia will increasingly call at more places. Destinations in the continent expected to have growth include India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. Port of calls to Asia will remain steady this year with 7,154 calls.

Finally, there will be a rise in the number of passenger destination days, forecasted at 13 million in 2019. This increase will subsequently have a stronger tourism impact for the destinations across the region.

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