By Ame Jung. type of ships. Published at Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 - 10:28:24 AM.
The second most popular region was continental Europe (13%) where the fastest growing segment is cruises in the Baltic Sea. The most visited Baltic ports are Copenhagen St. Petersburg Tallinn Stockholm and Helsinki. The seaport of St. Petersburg the main Baltic port of call received 426500 passengers during the 2009 cruise season.
As of 2019 the worlds largest cruise-ship was Royal Caribbean Internationals Symphony of the Seas along with its three sister ships Harmony of the Seas Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas which round out the top 4 largest cruise liners in the world.
Currently the five largest cruise line holding companies and operators in the world are Carnival Corporation & plc Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Star Cruises (which owns 50% of Norwegian Cruise Line NCL in its own right is the third largest line) MSC Cruises and Louis Cruise Lines. Louis Cruises has largely grown its fleet through purchasing older second- or third-hand ships while the other four operators have largely constructed their own vessels and combined own the majority of the megaships.
Cruising has become a major[quantify] part of the tourism industry accounting for U.S.$29.4 billion with over 19 million passengers carried worldwide as of 2011. The industrys rapid growth has seen nine or more newly built ships catering to a North American clientele added every year since 2001 as well as others servicing European clientele. Smaller markets such as the Asia-Pacific region are generally serviced by older ships. These are displaced by new ships in the high-growth areas.
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