- June 18, 2012- Brussels - As the
summer cruise season gets under way in Europe, 79 ships will be
sailing back to European waters from their winter routes in the
Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and Asia, bringing the total
fleet in the region this summer to 206 cruise ships, operated
by 64 lines, serving 528 destinations stretching from the
Mediterranean to the Arctic.
Underlining the industry's steady growth in Europe, the
European summer fleet will include 20 new ships this year,
including 13 ships re-entering service for new operators. In
addition, three new cruise lines have started operations, and
four new destinations have opened to cruise ships, data
compiled for the Cruise Lines International Association and the
European Cruise Council shows.
"The number of new destinations, new lines and new ships
entering service in Europe this year are all further evidence
of how cruising is growing and will continue to grow in the
region, drawing on Europe's unique offering in terms of its
rich culture, its varied geography and its long maritime
traditions, and its expertise in hospitality and service," said
Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, ECC Chairman.
"Seeing so many ships arriving in European ports for the
start of the summer cruising season underlines how the
European cruise sector is an integral and growing part of the
global cruise industry that offers consumers high value
holiday options and economic benefits to hundreds of
communities," said Christine Duffy, President and CEO of
The nonprofit Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
is the world's largest cruise industry organization.
CLIA represents the interests of 26 member lines and
participates in the regulatory and policy development
process while supporting measures that foster a safe,
secure and healthy cruise ship environment. CLIA is also
engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing
communications to promote the value and desirability of
cruise vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel
agent members across North America. For more information on
CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and
travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org. CLIA can
also be followed on the Cruise Lines International
Association's fan pages.