Cruise Industry Booms

A recent study by the Cruise Lines International Association reported that $21.69 billion was spent by the cruise industry in 2016—a new record and a staggering 15% increase from 2011. This spending translated to a $47.76 billion dollar contribution to the economy, up 3.6% from 2014. The number of cruisers embarking from U.S. ports also reached a record number at 11.66 million (+5.4% from 2014). Florida has remained the center of embarkations, handling 61% of departures, but California’s ports are on the rise—a trend expected to continue as the state completes terminal expansions. (Travel Pulse, 10.05.17)