The average age of the current cruise fleet has increased from 20.2 to 22.9 years since 1985, according to a report from Fearnleys.

The report noted that the age distribution of the 86 vessels serving the North American market last year is as follows: 4 ships, 0 - 1 years; 9 ships, 2 - 6 years; 2 ships, 7 - 11 years; 14 ships, 12 - 16 years; 12 ships, 17 -21 years; 12 ships, 22 - 26 years; 16 ships, 27 - 31 years; 12 ships, 32 -36 years; and 5 ships, 37 years.

In addition, the average passenger capacity per ship built from 1980 to 1986 is 1099, compared to 717 prior to 1980.