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U.S. Department of Transportation
Maritime Administration

North American Cruise
Statistical Snapshot, 2011

Office of Policy and Plans

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Office of Policy and Plans
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March 2012

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North American Cruise
Statistical Snapshot, 2011

Office of
Policy and Plans
Maritime Administration
U.S. Department of
Transportation

U.S. Department of
Transportation
Ray H. LaHood
Secretary
David T. Matsuda
Deputy Maritime Administrator

Acknowledgements
Office of Policy and Plans
Janice Weaver
Director
Produced under the direction of:
Russell I. Byington
Chief Economist
Contributor
Gail Perkins

Contents
Preface
Notes and Sources

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Highlights
Age Profile
Larger Ships, Higher Utilization
Discounting Continues
Seasonal Variation
Destinations, Transatlantic Cruises
Concentration
Departure Ports

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Preface
This report contains cruise statistics for the major cruise lines that offer North American cruises with a U.S. port of call. The statistics include passengers booked and capacities offered by the cruise lines. Capacities are based on two passengers per stateroom. The statistics are presented in terms of passengers and passenger nights.

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Notes and Sources
Destinations:

Cruise Lines:

Alaska
Canada/New England
Eastern Caribbean
Hawaii
Mexico
Nowhere
Pacific Coast
South America
South Pacific/Far East
Southern Caribbean
Trans-Panama Canal
Transatlantic
Western Caribbean

AIDA
Azamara
Carnival
Celebrity
Costa
Crystal
Cunard
Disney
Fred Olsen
Holland America
MSC
Norwegian (NCL)
Oceania
Princess
Regent
Royal Caribbean
Seabourn
Seadream
Silversea
Windstar

Destination Notes:
Eastern Caribbean - Southeast of Bahamas to St. Martin, and west of St. Martin to Haiti.
Southern Caribbean - South of St. Martin to northern coast of South America as far as Aruba.
Western Caribbean - West of Haiti, includes ports in Mexico, Central America and Columbia.
Nowhere - Begins and ends at the same port with no intervening calls.

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Sources:
Cruises, cruise passengers and departure ports are derived from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Vessel Entrance and Clearance documents. Destinations are derived from the Official Steamship Guide International and cruise line brochures. Fleet characteristics are derived from Clarkson’s Shipping Intelligence Network and the Official Steamship Guide International.

North American Cruise Statistics
Highlights
For the fourth quarter of 2011, a record 18.9 million passenger nights were booked on North American cruises, up 3.3 percent from a year earlier (Figure 1, Table 1). About 2.8 million passengers were carried on 1,075 cruises.

For the year, 71.8 million passenger nights were booked, up 2.8 percent from the year before.
Figure 1. North American Cruises,
Traffic and Capacity
(Million Passenger Nights)
20
15
10
5
0
2005:4

2006:4

2007:4

2008:4
Quarter

Traffic

2009:4

2010:4

2011:4

Capacity

Source: Maritime Administration.

Passenger nights are a measure of supply/demand for cruises while passengers (embarked) are a measure of supply/demand for U.S. port services. An increase in supply/demand for cruises does not
necessarily mean an increase in supply/demand for port services, and vice versa. For example, passenger nights (and cruise lengths) increased from the 3rd to 4th quarter of 2009 while passengers fell over the same period (Table 1).

The North American cruise market has been capacity driven; that is, cruise lines set fares to fill ships. 1 Capacity is based on two passengers per stateroom. A stateroom with...
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