The Cruise Lines International Association forecasts that 13.5 million people around the world will take a cruise this year, a 2.3% increase over last year. "The remarkable diversity and variety of cruises give consumers a unique opportunity to find a vacation that fits their budget even during these economic downturns, and we expect that North Americans, Europeans and travelers from all over the world will respond positively," said Terry Dale, president and CEO of CLIA.

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