Why Cruises are More Popular Than Ever

Oct 15, 2012, 10:00 ET from Thomas Cook

LONDON, October 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Record high cruise passenger numbers recorded
  • North America and Europe prove the most popular destinations

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people enjoying cruise holidays, according to new reports. A record number of cruise passengers enjoyed a holiday at sea last year, with the total global figure jumping to over 20 million for the first time.

According to the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) cruise passenger numbers increased by 10% between 2010 and 2011 with a leap in bookings of almost two million people.

The figure jumped from 18.7 million to 20.6 million passengers with North America and Europe being the most popular destinations of choice.

Australia also saw passenger numbers increase by 30% over the same period and the country exceeded more than half a million travellers for the first time.  

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The research found that the number of cruise passengers opting for European cruises increased by a massive 9% between 2010 and 2011 to 6.2 million. This is the first time that European figures have exceeded the six million mark.

Germany, Italy, Spain and France have seen a 15% increase in passenger numbers over the past five years - these are great options for cheap cruise holidays for Brits.

North American

The number of British ocean cruise passengers reached a record high of 1.7 million in 2011. This is the second largest source of cruise passengers in the world, proving that Britons love to holiday at sea. Another popular cruise destination last year was North America with a massive 11.5 million holidaymakers heading there by sea.


Caribbean Cruise deals are widely available through Cruise Thomas Cook. For those looking for a new cruise adventure, the Caribbean has always been a popular spot for holidaymakers and a Caribbean cruise allows you to enjoy gorgeous settings with stunning crystal clear waters and soak up the laidback nature of the islands.

Royal Caribbean cruises are available from Cruise Thomas Cook and offer regular departures to this region.


The Mediterranean has often been hailed as a popular holiday destination with lots of things on offer for all types of holidays. From relaxing Mediterranean cruise holidays to adventure cycling tours, you can find almost any type of holiday you want and enjoy the warm waters and almost guaranteed sunshine which is provided against the stunning backdrop of the Mediterranean's natural beauty.

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SOURCE Thomas Cook