The number of people taking holidays at sea is set to increase over the next year, it has been claimed.
A recent study carried out by Cruise Market Watch revealed that 16.5 million people worldwide are expected to take a cruise in 2009, representing a seven per cent increase on 2008.
The predictions have been made based on the current economic climate and the number of new ships, such as Oasis of the Seas
, expected to launch over the coming year.
Furthermore, it is predicted that passenger numbers in 2011 will be up by 14 per cent on 2009, suggesting that demand for cruise holidays will continue to grow.
Ryan Wahlstrom, founder and publisher of Cruise Market Watch, said there was still plenty of room for cruise lines to expand.
"It's all about creative ways to get the cruise line's brand in front of non-cruisers," he commented.
In related news, the Telegraph reported last week that a cruise holiday was an excellent option during the credit crunch, with plenty of fantastic deals currently available.
"With so many extra cabins to fill, cruise companies are having to be aggressive and this means tempting customers with lower prices and extra added-value offers such as free places and on-board credits," the publication stated.
Written by Fiona Mayers