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.

One million passengers have booked cruises with Costa in 2012, and sales in April and May were 28% higher than the same period in 2011, the company said Saturday as part of a public outreach in its hometown of Genoa.

Five months after the deadly Costa Concordia incident, Costa chief Pier Luigi Foschi expressed gratitude to local officials and the public for their support while also stressing the economic and social value Costa generates in the region.

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