Australian Cruise Passenger Numbers Reach Record High

The extraordinary growth of the Australian cruise industry has been highlighted in a new report which reveals that the number of Australians taking a cruise holiday surged by a record 34 per cent last year to reach an all-time high of 623,294. Compiled by the International Cruise Council Australasia, the 2011 Australian Cruise Industry Report found that the growth in Australian cruise passenger numbers in 2011 outstripped all other major international markets, with the US recording a 4 per cent rise in passengers and the UK reporting a 5 per cent increase. According to the report, the number of Australians taking a cruise has almost tripled over the past five years. The report also reveals that 40 per cent of the nation's cruise passengers live in New South Wales with Queensland accounting for 24 per cent, Victoria 16 per cent and Western Australia 9 per cent.