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This statistic shows a forecast of the passenger capacity of the cruise industry worldwide in 2015, by cruise line. Princess, of Carnival Corporation, had a passenger capacity of approximately 41 thousand in 2015.


Global cruise industry - additional information

The passenger capacity of the global cruise industry was forecasted to exceed 486 thousand in 2015. Royal Caribbean and Carnival, the leading cruise lines of parent companies Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Carnival Corporation, contributed the largest share to passenger capacity. Carnival Corporation is the largest cruise company in the world in terms of revenue and is twice the size of its closest competitor, Royal Caribbean Cruises. In 2014, Carnival Corporation generated almost 16 billion U.S. dollars in revenue.

The global revenue of the cruise industry has increased year-on-year since 2009 and was expected to rise to around 40 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. Each cruise passenger brings a revenue of around 1,700 U.S. dollars on average, most of which is made up by the price of a cruise ticket. However, passenger expenses are almost as high as revenues, leaving around 180 U.S. dollars per passenger in profit.

Approximately half of all cruise passengers are sourced from the United States. In comparison, the share of passengers from the second and third largest source markets, the United Kingdom and Ireland and Germany, amounted to just 8.1 percent and 7.7 percent respectively. The leading international travel destination for U.S. travelers, as forecasted by Travel Leaders Group agents, was Caribbean cruises in 2015. The most popular domestic destination was also a cruise, this time to Alaska.

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