The dramatic growth in Australian ocean cruise passenger numbers slowed dramatically during 2017, growing 4.4%, compared with compared with 21% in 2016, according to figures released today by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. More than 1.34 million Australians took an ocean cruise in 2017, said CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz.

To put the 2016 result in perspective, consider that since 2008, passenger numbers have risen by an average of 18.5%  cent a year. In other words, it’s the worst result in at least a decade. Overall, the average passenger was 49 years old and cruised for nine days.

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