Carnival Spirit Down Under (photo: Clyde Dickens)The Australian market has grown from 158,000 passengers in 2005 to an estimated 1 million in 2014, according to the 2015-2016 Cruise Industry News Annual Report, citing tourism and cruise sources in Australia.

The Asia-Pacific market has grown by nearly 185 percent over the past five years for which reliable records are available – from an estimated 530,000 passengers in 2010 to more than 1.5 million passengers last year.

The biggest market decline has been in Brazil, which dropped to 640,000 passengers in 2014 from 732,000 the year before and a high of 780,000 in 2011. Over time, however, the market grew 412 percent from 2005 to 2014.

Although the North America market grew by an estimated 23 percent from 2005 to 2014, from 9.6 million to 11.8 million passengers, it has basically stayed the same for the past three years.

Europe grew by 106 percent over the 10-year period, from 3.1 million to 6.4 million passengers, with the Nordic countries leading the way in terms of a 780 percent increase from 42,000 passengers to 370,000. The largest market, however, is Germany with 1.8 million, having grown 180 percent over 10 years. The UK has expanded by 53 percent from 1.1 million to 1.6 million passengers. France has also grown – from 233,000 to 591,000.

Despite showing strong growth over the 10-year period, Italy and Spain shrank last year. While expanding by 62 percent over 10 years, 833,000 Italians cruised last year, compared to 860,000 the year before. Spain grew 51 percent over the time period, with 573,000 Spaniards cruising in 2014, down from 600,000 in 2013 and a high of 703,000 in 2010.

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