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Irish Demand for Cruise Holidays Reaches Record Levels, CLIA Figures Show

Irish holidaymakers took nearly 60,000 cruise holidays last year, according to industry group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

That is a new record number, according to CLIA.

Last year saw a total of 57,973 people from Ireland set sale on a cruise. The previous highest total was 48,276 set in 2019.

Some 41,589 holidaymakers took a cruise in 2022, meaning there was a near 40% increase year-on-year.

Last month, CLIA announced that combined figures for both Ireland and the UK show:

– The Mediterranean remains the number one destination for cruise travellers. Of the top three destinations in 2023, 35% of passengers travelled to the Mediterranean, 29% to Northern Europe and 12% to the Caribbean.

– Exploration destinations have seen a 53% increase in passenger numbers year-on-year.

– The average age of cruisers is decreasing: at 55.1 years old in 2023 it is down from 56.1 in 2022.

– The average cruise length increased to 10.1 days, up from 9.8 the previous year.

– 28% of cruisers are part of a wider multigenerational party, comprising three or more age groups

– 65% of passengers enjoyed a pre-cruise stay in their departure destination, while 52% stayed on after their sailing.

In terms of sentiment, perception and intent, a corresponding survey of 4500 international holidaymakers revealed:

– 82% of cruise passengers say they intend to take a holiday at sea again, a 3% increase from 2019.

– 71% of those who have never cruised before would consider doing so.

Meanwhile, over 300 ships are set to sail this year, the first time the global CLIA member fleet has surpassed this number. Overall capacity will increase by 3.6% as a result.

Andy Harmer

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland managing director, said: “Cruise holidays have never been more popular in Ireland and our latest figures reflect this increasing demand. A sea escape has clearly captured the imagination of a wide range of travellers and we’re anticipating that upward trend to continue.”

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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