Mexico is among the world's top tourism destinations yet its relationship with the cruise business hasn't always been easy. The sentiments expressed at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference and Trade Show in Cozumel, however, indicate this is a period of strong cooperation where Mexico is seen as a model.
Caribbean destinations sought advice from top cruise leaders about how the region can compete with China and even with Cuba during the CEO Round Table at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference in Cozumel.
Miami's music sensation, the internationally known Pitbull, will serve as godfather for Norwegian Escape.
Carnival Victory on Tuesday became the first ship alongside at the $85m Amber Cove, signaling a return to regular cruise calls at Puerto Plata on the north shore of the Dominican Republic for the first time in decades. 'This is important for the whole country, not just Puerto Plata,' said Orfila Salazar, director of cruise for the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Tourism.
AIDA Cruises will be visting over 180 ports on more than 90 cruises between March 2016 and April 2017. The 276-page program, just published, highlights cruises extending from Norway to the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. New are winter Norway, summer Canaries and year-round cruising from Hamburg.
Total ships: 41
Total berths: 132,148
Total Order Book Value:$30,874,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$260,959