By year’s end, it is expected that nearly 18 million passengers will have cruised, according to Cruise Industry News Annual Report, and also according to the latest traffic numbers from the respective regional cruise associations.
Trying to determine the economic impact of the cruise industry is a difficult exercise as destinations seem to use different criteria for how they measure and report the economic impact. According to the numbers collected by Cruise Industry News, average benchmark spending per passenger in each port averages $126 and for crew, $28. But in reality, the numbers vary greatly for different destinations.
Brazil is gearing up for a new, record cruise, season with an estimated cruise capacity of 884,937 passengers, according to ABREMAR, the Brazilian cruise association.
A New Queen
CUNARD LINE launched another new queen earlier this week in Southampton where the 90,900-ton Queen Elizabeth was christening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Color and Youth
The AIDA ships are different from other cruise ships in positive sense, and the 69,203-ton, 2,050-passenger AIDAluna is no exception. The interior design is upbeat, colorful and full of life. Visiting the ship on a recent turn-around in New York, the passengers were also noticeable younger than on most cruises.
And there is more: Curacao and St. Maarten become independent within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Sembawang and Carnival Corporation sign long-term agreement.