In 2018, European ocean cruise passenger numbers grew by 3.3 per cent against 2017, to 7.17 million; following a two per cent growth the prior year.
The favourite destination was revealed to be the central and western Mediterranean region.
The area saw growth up by 1.2 per cent, equivalent to 2.27 million passengers.
However, the strongest growth was seen in cruise passengers travelling to the Eastern Mediterranean.
This was up 8.5 per cent to 746,000 passengers, which illustrates the beginning of a return to confidence in the region.
Other areas seeing significant growth, from a smaller base, include the Canary Islands, up 9.6 per cent; and the Baltics, up 9 per cent.