cruise 2011Cruising has defied a fragile world economy to continue its rapid rise in popularity with cruise numbers growing a further 10% in 2011 to top 20 million for the first time. Christine Duffy, CEO of Cruise Lines International Association, said “milestones (are) being broken all over the world.

“This is the first time that European figures have passed six million and the first time Australian cruise passengers have topped half a million (up 30%).” North America is by far and away the dominant market with 11.5 million pax in 2011.

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