CLIA’s study covered five Southeast Asian countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam and shows that the number of port calls in the region has grown by 28% from 2013 to reach a record 1,973 in 2015.
There were a total of 1,672 cruise ship calls at the destination ports of the five countries.
A quarter of them were turnaround port calls and the remaining 75% transit and overnight port calls.
Malaysia had the highest number of transit and total calls (35% of transit port calls and 30% of total cruise ship calls in the region) while Singapore had the highest volume of turnaround calls (63%).
The calls generated just over 3m passenger visit days and just over 422,000 crew visit days. Cruise ports in Malaysia and Singapore each generated more than one million passenger and cruise visit days.
Cruise passengers were the bigger spenders, spending a total of US$1.47bn while crew spent US$22.9m.
Turnaround passengers spent an estimated US$1.27bn (an average of US$842 per visit day), with transit and overnight passengers spending US$198m ($132 per visit day).
Malaysia will welcome 580 port calls in 2015, the second largest number in Asia after Japan. Singapore with 374 calls is also among the top ports with over 200 total calls in 2015.
‘These are very encouraging results and a positive sign for future success. Such dynamic growth confirms that Southeast Asia’s great potential as a major international cruise market is being realised, said Ann Sherry, chair of CLIA Southeast Asia and also ceo, Carnival Australia.