CLIA said a survey of travel agents found 77% reporting cruise sales are up in 2017.

The group's first 2017 Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report also found that three quarters of agents expect an increase in consumer spending in 2017.

The findings are broadly consistent with past CLIA research. For example, the previous outlook report released in December 2016 found that three-quarters of agents surveyed projected a continued sales volume increase in 2017.

In the 2017 report, CLIA found 47% of travel agents reporting the highest customer satisfaction with ocean cruises compared to 21% listing all-inclusive resorts and 7% ranking house or condo rentals as tops.

The CLIA survey said shorter cruise lengths are becoming more popular with the greatest interest in cruises lasting less than two weeks.

Forty-three percent reported that clients were most interested in cruises of three to five days and 44% of agents predict increased bookings in cruises lasting six to eight days. North America-based travel agents have seen a shift towards domestic travel, CLIA said.

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