The Port of Seattle's 2015 cruise season gets under way Saturday at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal with the arrival of Holland America Line's Westerdam. A total of 192 calls are expected to carry an estimated 895,055 revenue passengers, an 11% increase.

With the arrival of Phoenix Reisen's Amadea to Halifax Monday morning, the 2015 cruise season is officially under way in Atlantic Canada.

Port authority chief executives and senior staff from throughout the Western Hemisphere, maritime industry leaders, law- and policy-makers are expected to converge on Washington, DC, April 20-21, for the 2015 Spring Conference of the American Association of Port Authorities.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. introduced the design and plans for Sint Maarten Quarter, a $120m mixed-use waterfront village to be developed within the Harbour of Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

The cruise business provides a 'tremendous, tremendous boost to the local economy,' generating 500 jobs and $90m in impact annually, Maryland Secretary of Transportation Peter Rahn said in welcoming Carnival Pride's return to year-round service at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore on Sunday.

Cruise BC, representing British Columbia ports, said cruising generated a total economic benefit of $1.79bn—or $389 for each resident—when 1.3m passengers passed through the province in 2014. Spending per passenger averaged $230, or $231.6m total.

In a development that will shake up the river cruise sector, the world's largest river operator is getting into the US river business. Viking Cruises, currently with 60 vessels across Europe, Russia and Asia, plans to begin sailing on the Mississippi in late 2017. 

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s 2014 Featured Marketing Partners reported gains by targeting FCCA’s 19 member lines. Aruba, Colombia, Cozumel, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten (Port St. Maarten) and the US Virgin Islands embarked on custom-tailored FCCA marketing packages to further spotlight their destination to those who decide where ships call and how to invest in infrastructure.

Welcoming delegates at the third Seatrade Winter Cruising Forum in Cartagena, Spanish authorities outlined their plans for nurturing cruise growth through investment and cooperation with cruise lines.

Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than 1m passenger moves in 2014 for the first time. For the 12 months, embarkations and disembarkations totaled 1,014,325, an increase of more than 2.6% over 2013, a fourth straight record year for the port.

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