Research Outline

Annual Cruise Passengers


To understand the number of cruise trips taken annually in Japan, the United States, and globally.

Early Findings

Global Cruise Data

  • In 2017, there were "25.8 million global ocean cruise passengers", up from 24.7 million in 2016. In 2018, that number rose slightly to 26 million.
  • Per a 2018 report, the Cruise Lines International Association - which represents 95 percent of global cruise lines - found that their organization serves 25 million passengers each year.
  • Globally, "66 percent of people making less than $100 thousand name cruises the winner over land-based options, as did 70 percent of those making more than $200 thousand".
  • Globally, the majority of cruisers travel either with friends or a spouse, at a rate of 9.2 percent each. Solo travelers are the smallest group, at 7.5 percent.
  • In 2017, the global cruise industry was worth $37.8 billion, a number which is expected to grow to $57 billion by 2027.
  • "The 2018 total worldwide ocean cruise industry [was] estimated at $45.6 billion."
  • Globally, the annual cruise revenue per passenger is estimated at about $1,779.

United States Cruise Data