By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My husband and I have never taken a cruise before and we are looking at a few companies at the moment. What’s the cruise business been like these days?

A: According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the cruise industry experienced a growth in the third quarter of 2005. The member fleets of the CLIA carried 3.04 million worldwide passengers and that’s a 6% increase over the same period in 2004.

If you look at North American passengers the totals grew by 8.6% during the same period to 2.55 million passengers. The CLIA reports that number is up from 2.35 million in the third quarter of 2004.

The CLIA has 19 member cruise lines that represent over 97% of the cruise capacity marketed in North America. “More and more consumers are enjoying the pleasures of cruise vacationing, which extend beyond the diverse amenities, facilities and services found aboard today's ships," said Terry L. Dale, CLIA's president and CEO in a press release. "Cruises also offer the travel industry's best values, plus the convenience of 30 North American embarkation ports.

Most importantly, CLIA-member travel agency professionals are available across the U.S. and Canada to guide vacationers through the array of choices," he said.


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