I've been aware of the media reports regarding the new cruise liners that will be based in Australian waters.
My OH mentioned to me that he knows of 7 people at his work who are going on cruises. He works for a hardware chain so his colleagues are normal working class folk and not high salary earners.
Has anyone been on a cruise?
What was it like?
Would you recommend one as a holiday?
Was it value for money?
It's something that I have yet to do. With the massive increase in the number of Australians that will be taking cruises and the choice available it's certainly something that I may consider in the future.
Another plus factor is the fact that more liners will be visiting Adelaide than ever before.
Australia named world's fastest-growing cruise market in CLIA report
Inga TingMay 27 2015 at 11:01 AM
We love cruises: More than one million Aussies took a cruise last year.
Australian cruising has had a record-breaking run, reaching its target of one million local cruise passengers six years ahead of target to become the world's fastest-growing passenger market.
More than one million Australians (4.2 per cent of the national population) took a cruise holiday in 2014. This is the world's largest share per population and the first time any region has surpassed four per cent, according to Cruise Lines International Association's latest industry report.
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"There is no other cruising nation with this level of market penetration," CLIA Australasia chairman Gavin Smith said at the launch of the report in Sydney on Tuesday.
Australia has beaten France and the UK become the world's fastest-growing passenger market. Photo: James Morgan"Australia remains firmly in the spotlight."
The latest passenger numbers represent a 20.4 per cent increase on 2013 and a six-fold increase over the past decade.
France was the only other country to achieve double digit growth last year, while the UK/Irish, Spanish and Italian markets shrank.
Australians now account for 4.5 per cent of the world's 22 million cruise passengers, making the country the fourth largest source market.
North America still dominates with 54.2 per cent of passengers, followed by Germany (8 per cent) and UK/Ireland (7.4 per cent).
The South Pacific is the most popular cruise destination for Australians, with nearly 400,000 passengers (39 per cent) choosing to holiday in this region last year.
The Caribbean experienced the strongest growth, attracting 65 per cent more Australians than in 2013.
New Zealand was one of the few cruise destinations to see a fall in Australian passengers. Although it remains the third most popular destination, it attracted 10 per cent fewer passengers than in 2013.
Due to the strong growth of the Australian cruise market, the local industry has revised its 2020 target, doubling its target passenger number from one million passengers to two million, Smith said.
This would require annual average growth of 12.5 per cent over the next six years.
Accessibility and choice were key drivers of growth, according to Smith.
"Australians no longer have to travel overseas to experience first class luxury cruises," he said.
"They have more choice than ever before in finding a cruise product for their economic status, age or stage in life."
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MORE CRUISES FOR ADELAIDE AS P&O CRUISES EXPANDS FLEET
Adelaide’s cruise industry is set to grow again in 2016, with P&O Cruises revealing it will operate its longest South Australian cruise season yet as a result of its fleet expansion.
The cruise line announced today that one of its latest ships – Pacific Eden – will sail on six cruises from Adelaide in March and April 2016 in a move expected to deliver around $5 million in economic benefits to the state.
The new cruise program builds on P&O Cruises’ two roundtrip cruises from Adelaide scheduled for next year and will give South Australia a bigger stake in Australia’s booming cruise industry.
P&O Cruises CEO Ann Sherry said the addition of the 1500-passenger Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria to the cruise line’s existing three-ship fleet meant it could offer a great range of itineraries from eight homeports around Australia.
“We’re thrilled that Adelaide is set to benefit from this growth and look forward to building South Australia’s cruise industry further,” Ms Sherry said.
Forming part of P&O Cruises’ new 2015-16 program, which offers 250 cruises, the South Australian season includes:
• Three four-night P&OSeaBreaks, with two visiting Port Lincoln and Melbourne
• Two three-night themed P&OSeaBreaks offering the perfect opportunity for first time cruisers to experience a cruise holiday
• A six-night Adelaide to Fremantle cruise visiting Kangaroo Island and Esperance.
Fares start from $649 per person quad share for a four-night P&OSeaBreak visiting Port Lincoln or Melbourne.
In total, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln are scheduled to receive 10 calls from Pacific Eden and other ships in the P&O Cruises’ fleet during 2015-16.
Pacific Eden’s turnaround calls to Adelaide are expected to inject up to $1 million each into the local economy in passenger and crew spending and port charges, while day visits to other South Australian ports could generate up to $500,000 each.
Ms Sherry said the cruise line was pleased that Adelaide would increasingly benefit from the long value chain of cruising as a result of P&O Cruises’ expansion.
“P&O Cruises’ expansion to become a five-ship fleet with the largest number of cruise ships homeported year round in Australia will help the industry achieve its goal of a million passengers a year in 2015, five years earlier than forecast,” Ms Sherry said.