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Cruisers and cruise lines spend big

When cruise passengers hit the water they’re ready and willing to spend, according to new figures.

In 2013, the global cruise industry spent $52.31 billion, a 2013 Global Economic Impact Study found.

Of the money spent, $13.35 billion came from passengers’ pockets. $1.6 million was spent towards food and beverage; $3.4 million on tours and local transit; $3.8 million on travel to homeport; and $4.6 million on retail and other goods.

On average, passengers and crew spent nearly $126.93 each shore day.

Cruise lines contributed over $117 billion to the global economy. $44 billion went to the US; $52.28 billion to Europe; and $3.11 billion to Australia.

In total, the industry employed 891,009 people globally. 13,968 of which were in Australia.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) president and chief executive Christine Duffy said the study proves cruise is an important economic contributor.

“[Cruise supports] business and jobs, from travel agents who help their clients select from a diverse array of exciting cruise choices, to the businesses in every state that provide products and services to cruise lines,” she said.

Meanwhile, demand growth in Australasia has contributed to a spike in the number of bed day capacity (the number of beds sailing the region daily) outside the US and Europe.

Bed day capacity around the world increased by 300 percent last year compared to 2003.

There’s now nearly 21.8 million beds deployed outside of the US and Europe.

North America still holds the title for the most cruise passengers, with 55 percent of all cruisers coming from the US. Europe was second with 30 percent.