Revenue of the cruise industry worldwide from 2008 to 2015 (in billion U.S. dollars)

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This statistic shows the revenue of the cruise industry worldwide from 2008 to 2015. In 2013, the global cruise industry generated a revenue of approximately 36.27 billion U.S. dollars.


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The revenue of the global cruise industry was forecasted to reach almost 40 billion U.S. dollars by 2015. After dipping to just under 25 billion U.S. dollars in 2009 as a result of the global recession, the industry’s revenue has increased gradually year over year, despite suffering some unfortunate incidents in recent years.

In January 2012, the Costa Concordia, of Carnival Corporation, ran aground off the coast of Tuscany before partially sinking, killing at least 30 of the passengers on board. Carnival caught the media’s attention again in February 2013 when a fire in the engine room of the Carnival Triumph cut the ship’s power and left it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. Even so, Carnival Corporation was by far the largest cruise line in the world in terms of revenue, generating almost double that of its closest competitor, Royal Caribbean Cruises.

In 2013, the cruise industry carried over 20 million passengers worldwide and this figure was forecasted to rise to 24.15 million by 2018. Well over half of global cruise passengers originate from North America. In 2014, the average cruise revenue per passenger amounted to 2,123 U.S. dollars – over half of which came from the cost of the cruise ticket. The average onboard spending of a cruise passenger was 415 U.S. dollars.

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