2,000 attendees from around the world gathered in Barcelona Monday ahead of the start of Seatrade Med 2014, running from September 16-18.
In the first global consolidation of economic impact figures, Cruise Lines International Association reported cruising fueled a hefty $117bn in total output in 2013. The business also supported 891,009 jobs around the world paying $38.47bn in income.
Despite a very modest capacity increase in 2013, the North American cruise industry contributed a record $44.1bn to the US economy and created the highest number of stateside jobs ever, a new study found.
Holland America Line is naming its 2016 Pinnacle-class newbuild Koningsdam. The 99,500gt ship is due for delivery from Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in February 2016.
Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas arrived in Barcelona on Saturday under sunny skies and was handled efficiently at Creuers del Port de Barcelona's Terminals A and B, each unit processing half of the passengers as though they were disembarking from a 3,000-passenger vessel.
Total ships: 31
Total berths: 100,075
Total Order Book Value:$23,939,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$267,583