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Cruise Industry Looking Toward Record Year in 2007 Twelve New Ships to Enter Service, Adding 22,039 Beds



    NEW YORK, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cruise Lines International
 Association (CLIA) is forecasting a year of formidable growth, with 12.62
 million cruise passengers predicted to set sail in 2007, an increase of
 approximately one half-million guests over 2006. The forecasted 500,000-
 passenger increase represents a 4.1 percent year-over-year growth
 commensurate with the planned net increase in 2007 CLIA-member line
 capacity.
     The 2007 projections are new statistics released today at a press
 conference by CLIA (http://www.cruising.org), the premier marketing
 organization for 21 member cruise lines representing more than 97 percent
 of the North American cruise capacity, as well as 16,500 travel agency
 members. Of the 12.62 million passengers projected to cruise in 2007, more
 than 10.6 million are expected to originate from North America.
     "The state of the industry is very, very strong, with CLIA cruise lines
 stepping up to the plate each and every year with innovative new offerings
 that continue to bolster cruise sales," said Dan Hanrahan, CLIA's new
 marketing committee chairman and the president of Celebrity Cruises.
 "Today's CLIA-member cruise ships offer exceptional value and unrivaled
 convenience -- and visit destinations across the globe."
     Also newly released today are third quarter 2006 results and fourth
 quarter estimates, which revealed that CLIA-member cruise lines carried
 12.12 million worldwide passengers last year, an 8.4 percent increase over
 the 11.18 million carried in 2005. CLIA-member lines carried 10.18 million
 North Americans in 2006 compared with 9.67 million in 2005, and also
 maintained their high utilization rates, posting a collective occupancy
 factor of 104 percent in 2006.
     Bolstering the influx of travelers choosing to cruise in 2007 is the
 introduction of 12 new ships -- totaling 22,039 beds -- that offer
 vacationers innovative onboard facilities and amenities, new worldwide
 itineraries and ports, and outstanding experiential enrichment programs
 that appeal to an ever-burgeoning and diverse portfolio of travelers. All
 tolled, the increase in ship capacity translated to a steady growth in
 available berths, from 227,837 in 2005 to 246,759 in 2006. CLIA member
 lines have invested more than $15 billion in 30 new vessels that will enter
 service between 2007 and the end of 2010. This translates into 73,562 more
 beds -- a 29.8 percent increase from 2006.
     Further evidence that supports a robust 2007 is positive feedback from
 CLIA-member travel agents, who report a strong start to the 2007 Wave
 Season, the January through March period that traditionally produces the
 heaviest cruise booking activity of the year. CLIA member lines are kicking
 off 2007 with a host of booking incentives and promotions, including
 stateroom upgrades, "kids sail free" programs, early booking savings,
 upgrades from Economy to Business Class air, shipboard credits and cruise
 giveaways.
     "Booking early, during Wave Season, has become increasingly important
 as CLIA ships begin to fill up further in advance each year," said Terry L.
 Dale, president and CEO of CLIA. "Not only are destinations like Europe and
 Alaska flourishing, but CLIA travel agents are reporting early booking
 sales to such regions as Asia, South America and the South Pacific, which
 are experiencing increased demand."
     CLIA travel professionals are considered the consumer's very best
 resource when planning a cruise vacation. To locate an agency, consumers
 should use the travel agent locator on CLIA's Web site at
 http://www.cruising.org.
     About CLIA
     The nonprofit Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is North
 America's largest cruise industry organization. CLIA represents the
 interests of 21 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 and counts as members 16,500 travel
 agencies. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and
 CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit
 http://www.cruising.org.
 
 

SOURCE Cruise Lines International Association

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