In 2026, the global cruise fleet will stand at nearly 375 ships, according to a 2016-2017 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
To summarise, by the next decade there will be an increase of more than 55 ships, guest capacity is expected to go beyond 33.5 million by 2026. The estimated passenger capacity will reach 23.6 million in 2016.
The growth has been credited to North American market which will increase from 13.3 million passengers to 16 million by 2026.
Chinese market will also contribute massively in the next decade to the cruise industry, along with other countries in the Asia Pacific region.
The report was prepared based on ship orders through 2026.
“The average annual passenger capacity increase based on new ship introductions and known deployments will be approximately 4.0 percent over the 11-year period, but 8 percent over the next five years, which will see most of the new orders entering service,” states the report.