More Asians taking cruises
The Asia Cruise Trends 2016 report shows that more Asians are taking cruise vacations, with the number of passengers growing from 775,000 to nearly 2.1 million between 2012 and last year - a 39 per cent compound annual growth rate.
The study, which was commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) - the world's largest cruise industry trade association - aims to further develop an in-depth understanding of the quickly evolving cruise marketplace.
The report, which was released in August, found that about one in two cruise passengers from Asia in 2015 were from mainland China.
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This adds 770,000 more cruise travellers since 2012, a 66 per cent compound annual growth rate.
It also found that more ships have been deployed at a 12 per cent compound annual growth rate, which sees passenger capacity in Asia growing 29.3 per cent annually between 2013 and 2016.
The report shows that the number of calls at Asian ports rose to 5,570 this year - a 43 per cent increase in absolute volume from last year's 3,896 calls and almost doubling port calls in 2013.
Singapore is expected to see 17 more port calls this year, while Japan, China and South Korea will see 880, 550 and 368 additional calls respectively.
As much as 84 per cent of the 391 calls in Singapore are turnaround calls, says the report.
It also found that the number of cruise ships calling here are growing at a slower pace. It grew 15 per cent from 2013 to 2014, 12 per cent from 2014 to 2015 and just five per cent from last year to this year.
In 2015, more than 183,000 individuals from Singapore took a cruise vacation, a contraction of one per cent annually since 2012.
Other findings show that 85 per cent of 183,000 individuals from Singapore who took a cruise vacation last year chose regional cruises within Asia.
A majority - 98 per cent - selected a contemporary cruise line, with the average length of cruise at 4.4 nights - shorter than the overall Asian average.
The average age of the cruise passenger was 46 years old.