Attendees of the World Leisure Congress 2014 hosted by Mobile, Ala., this week, got their first insights into the cruise industry from a veteran executive.

The expansion of Pier 3 in Old San Juan to handle Quantum- and Oasis-class ships is 'the most important project in decades aimed to develop the cruise market in Puerto Rico,' according to Victor Suárez-Meléndez, executive director, Puerto Rico Ports Authority.

The proposed Dolphin Cove on Grand Turk would hurt the economy and cost more jobs than it generates, the Turks and Caicos Islands' former director of environment and maritime affairs told a local newspaper.

Delegates at Cruise New Zealand 2014 in Napier on Friday were given details of a 2014-16 Strategic Plan that has four key objectives.

A new economic impact study shows how Brazil's once booming cruise business has retracted. While cruising is growing in most other parts of the world, the number of ships deployed in South America's largest country has shrunk, reducing passenger numbers by hundreds of thousands and cutting revenues and jobs.

More than 100 cruise calls are expected at Panama's Colón and Gatun Lake during the upcoming October to April season.

There will be a significant loss of cruise traffic and economic impact in future years if Tampa does nothing to address the 180-foot air draft limitation imposed by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a new state study confirmed. Building a port seaward of the bridge, which could cost up to $647m, or building a new bridge and demolishing the current one at about $2bn, are potential alternatives.

The cruise industry’s direct contribution to the combined economies of Europe grew by 4.7% to €16.2bn in 2013 with the UK economy the second highest beneficiary after Italy, according to a report released today by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Port Metro Vancouver’s 2014 Alaska cruise season looks to be on par with a strong 2013, features several new twists and will be the last that Ballantyne Pier is used for cruise operations as the business will be fully handled at an optimized Canada Place in 2015.

The Port of Seattle expects 178 calls and an estimated 805,000 passengers this cruise season, which got under way with the arrival of Holland America Line's Westerdam and Princess Cruises' Golden Princess to the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal Saturday.

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