Port Everglades' 2014/15 winter cruise season will open with the naming of Regal Princess by the original 'Love Boat' cast, the deployment of Resorts Worlds' Bimini SuperFast day cruise and the grand opening of the fully renovated Cruise Terminal 4.
The good news: the Mediterranean market is recovering from economic issues, with even hard-hit Spain turning the corner, and key ports like Barcelona with its current Oasis of the Seas mini-season are proving they can handle cruising's largest new ships.
On the downside, infrastructure is uneven, geopolitical issues dog certain regions, taxation and regulations pose challenges and many European governments fail to appreciate cruising as an engine for economic growth and jobs.
A bold alternative to the controversial proposed new channel for ships to reach Stazione Marittima in Venice envisions a remote satellite pier where cruise vessels would dock for passengers to transfer into the city via a large, environmentally friendly catamaran.
Adam Goldstein, president and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, was announced as the Seatrade Mediterranean Personality of the Year 2014, a biennial award sponsored by V.Ships Leisure and selected by Seatrade and V.Ships Leisure from nominations received.
The latest cruise sector entry among Italy's Ligurian ports, La Spezia is fueling rapid growth in infrastructure and services while also providing access to both the Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre.
Total ships: 31
Total berths: 100,075
Total Order Book Value:$23,939,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$267,583