Oceania Cruises' Regatta wrapped Montréal's cruise season on Saturday. An estimated 86,000 passengers, including 7,980 on domestic cruises, plus crew, accounted for about $23m in spending at local businesses, attractions and hotels.
The well-known Asian destinations have benefited from the growth of cruising for years, but new destinations and improved port infrastructure are needed to sustain the market growth, industry players said Wednesday.
Montréal—where a huge investment is going into upgrading the cruise pier and passenger terminal in time for the significant 2017 season—expects more than 46,000 cruise passengers and 10,000 crew during this year's peak time: Aug. 31 and Oct. 22. Maiden calls from some high-profile ships are among them.
British Columbia's Nanaimo is broadening its cruise roster with a first call by Crystal Cruises set for Friday. It will be an unusual summer cruise ship visit for the central Vancouver Island port.
Carnival Australia executive chairman Ann Sherry has travelled to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to release a new study on the multimillion-dollar value of cruise tourism.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s plan to build and operate a dramatic new cruise terminal at PortMiami is moving forward. The cruise operator reached an agreement with Miami-Dade County to build the facility on county-leased land, and intends to homeport an Oasis-class ship, among others.
The cruise industry’s economic output in Europe reached €40.95bn (£32.22bn) in 2015, up 2% on the previous year, and an all-time high according to latest figures released by Cruise Lines International Association.
Cruise line executives, travel agency leaders and key suppliers and partners are in Washington, DC, as part of Cruise Lines International Association's annual Congressional Cruise Caucus.