CLIA's 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, released last month, found that demand for river cruising has grown for 2017.
According to CLIA, due to high demand, its river cruise line members have 13 ships on order for 2017, an increase of about 7% over 2016.
Those 13 new vessels make up half of the 26 new ocean, river and specialty ships that CLIA members are scheduled to debut in 2017.
CLIA's river cruise line members include AmaWaterways, American Cruise Lines, Avalon Waterways, CroisiEurope, Crystal Cruises, Tauck and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. Its regional cruise line members include the river cruise lines A-Rosa, Amadeus by Luftner, Emerald Waterways, French America Line, Pandaw River Expeditions, Aqua Expeditions and Scenic.
CLIA cruise line members, which do not include river cruise behemoth Viking River Cruises, currently deploy 184 river cruise ships, according to the outlook report.