Similar to the river cruise business several years ago, the expedition cruise sector is on the cusp of a building boom that will fuel tremendous growth, according to Capt. Ben Lyons, ceo, Expedition Voyage Consultants.
China’s politically motivated suspension of permission for its people to cruise to Korea has cast a shadow over the expansion plans for the main Korean cruise port of Jeju, described by John Tercek, vp new business development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., as 'the number one cruise port in Asia.'
The opening of Cuba to cruise tourism from the US is not just set to grow business for the Caribbean but, according to Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association president Michele Paige, it also could boost the all-important first-time cruiser market.
This year's Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific will take place in the Baoshan district of Shanghai, China between November 1-3, 2017.
With demand strong, emerging markets like China and Cuba, a $50bn-plus newbuild orderbook and the 'Trump effect' boosting the stock market, the cruise business may be at its best moment ever, top leaders said Tuesday.