Caribbean Up
Caribbean cruise capacity is estimated at 6.8 million passengers in 2009, compared to 6.5 million last year, according to Cruise Industry News. Our reporters have talked to cruise, tourism and port officials all the island destinations with any significant cruise traffic -- about traffic and spending trends, about infrastructure development and more.

Caribbean Homeporting
Twenty seven cruise lines operate cruises out of Caribbean homeports in 2009. Cruise Industry News lists the homeports and the cruise lines.

Caribbean Passenger Traffic
Nassau had the most traffic in 2008 with 2.8 million passengers. Cruise Industry News lists the passenger traffic for the top 23 ports.

Caribbean Benefits
The Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Cruise Lines International Organization and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association comment on the benefits of cruise tourism.

Polar Concerns
As more cruise ships head to the Artic and Antarctica, safety and environmental issues are emerging.

Windstar Update
Ambassadors International plans to sell all its principal non-Windstar Cruises assets, confirmed Art Rodney chairman of Ambassadors, who outlined some of his strategy going forward.

And there is more: Financial Notes, Steiner Results, Costa Receives China Approval, Saint John to Officially Open New Terminal, New Travel Agency Programs, Cruise Stocks Drop.

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