Luxury Cruise Market Overview 2023
Luxury Cruise Market Overview 2023
Let’s take an overview of the luxury ocean cruise market for 2023.
If you’re not aware, the luxury ocean cruise segment of the travel industry is going gangbusters.
For the first time in history, the 77 luxury ocean cruise liners listed to the right have a market capacity of over 1,000,000 passengers.
I shared with you in December the World’s Most Popular Luxury Cruise Destinations, and these cruise brands will get you there.
Viking dominates the luxury segment of the cruise industry’s capacity with a 29.2% market share and a capacity of 297,146 passengers.
Certainly, capacity isn’t the whole story, as some other luxury brands have smaller ships with less capacity.
But the story behind the story is that the luxury ocean cruise industry has been very busy building new ships to keep up with the demand.
For 2023, 77 luxury cruise liners will sail the world’s oceans. But in 2024, the number of ships will grow to 83; in 2025, we’ll have 86, and in 2026, we’ll have 90. And the numbers keep growing way out into 2030, where there are currently 97 proposed ships sailing the ocean blue.
If you’ve never experienced an ocean cruise, I highly recommend that you give an ocean cruise serious consideration. Today’s ocean cruise industry has come a long way from where they were thirty years ago.
After a horrible experience with a cruise 30 years ago, I vowed never to cruise again. But having experienced many of today’s modern luxury cruise lines, my opinion has taken a complete 180.
While a cruise ship can’t take me everywhere I want to go, it can certainly take me to many places in the world. And, I get to unpack once and enjoy the benefits of a world-class floating 5-star hotel. Try it. You’ll like it.
How to Book Your Next Ocean Cruise
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Interesting that Scenic cruises aren’t listed. We were regular Viking but did a Scenic and won’t go anywhere else! Cruises are fully inclusive, zero extras. Butler services for everyone. Much better food. And best part is ocean cruises only have 200 passengers. You don’t realize how wonderful it is.
The excursions are excellent, no extras like viking. Even e-bikes included. Ocean ships are explorer class with helipad!
You should take a trip and report back!
Rich, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. We’ve sailed with Scenic twice. We liked it. They are not a part of our Virtuoso Network for reasons unknown to me. Also, we stopped booking them a few years ago when we witnessed how long they were taking to refund our client’s money on cruises they canceled. We may reopen the door to them, but they need to rebuild trust with me.
Perhaps this is the reason: Scenic Group has temporarily shut down its online reservation system and websites after a security breach, leaving travel advisors and guests to handle bookings by phone or email. The company said the breach happened on Feb. 21 and involved unauthorized access to its IT systems.Mar 1, 2022
Doesn’t instill confidence!
Our concern was that we had to fight with them to get our client’s money returned during the Covid shutdown. It took over a year in one case. Also, we actually prefer Uniworld’s river cruise ships. And for ocean/expedition, this is no shortage of noteworthy options. So, I haven’t felt a need to pursue it. They may now be on solid financial ground; I don’t know. All I can say is that our clients and we were treated horribly.
David, another great and informative newsletter.
I find it interesting that Oceania is not included in the list of luxury cruises. I would chose them anytime versus Viking based on our experience with both lines, Viking ships are very good, but the staterooms are somewhat small and their food experience is not close to Oceania. Oceania’s larger ships are tough to beat for value.
I’ve often wondered where Cruise Industry News (makers of the chart) draws the line for inclusion into this list. It does seem to me that Oceania is missing.