'The increase in member lines is significant for the growth of the FCCA and the Caribbean and Latin American regions,' said FCCA president Michele Paige. 'It represents not just the cruise lines' commitment to the FCCA, but also their future outlook for this crucial market.'
The Caribbean continued as the dominant cruise region in 2014, accounting for more than 37% of global deployment, three points higher than in 2013, according to Cruise Lines International Association data. Plus, recent cruise line infrastructure investments, such as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' Harvest Caye in Belize, Carnival's Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic and Mahogany Bay in Roatán, underscore the industry's commitment to the Caribbean and Latin America.
'The Caribbean and Latin America have proven their worth to the industry, but we need to continually build on that success,' said Micky Arison, chairman of FCCA and of Carnival Corp. & plc. 'Just as our ships and brands innovate, destinations must constantly refresh products to attract new and repeat passengers and compete with global markets. Working with the FCCA is one of the best ways for destinations to stay ahead of the curve.'