Average passenger spending on turnarounds at Cruise Baltic ports is €167 per visit, while passengers and crew spent an estimated €353m across the Baltic region in 2015, according to research commissioned by Cruise Baltic and undertaken by G.P. Wild (International) Ltd. and Business Research & Economic Advisors.
Thanos Pallis, MedCruise secretary general addressed the second European Interparliamentary Conference on Tourism hosted by the Hellenic Parliament in Athens, advocating the importance of initiatives to advance maritime tourism growth in Europe in general, and in the Med and its adjoining seas, in particular.
Former Mayor Ray Flynn, elected officials and children from the South Boston community helped the Massachusetts Port Authority celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cruiseport Boston, kicking off a week that includes two highly visible ship visits.
An inaugural call by Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas will open Nanaimo, BC's cruise season on May 18. The 138,000gt cruise ship will be the largest ever to visit the Vancouver Island port and is the largest Alaska passenger vessel.
From triple-digit growth in passenger and vessel arrivals to the development of new piers and cruise destinations, destinations for the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference & Trade Show have have directly benefited from hosting the event, according to FCCA data.
Port Everglades officials believe that Sunday—the eve of Seatrade Cruise Global's Fort Lauderdale debut—marked the second time this cruise season that the port broke its own world record with a preliminary count of more than 54,700 passengers sailing in and out in a single day.
Six inaugural calls, seven double-ship days, four triple-ship days and one quadruple-ship day highlight Saint John, New Brunswick's 2016 cruise season.
Kevin O’Sullivan, chairman of Cruise New Zealand, said the industry’s value to the economy is understated as official visitor counts fail to include as many as 176,000 cruise ship visitors a year.