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 ...
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.
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.
Total ships: 31
Total berths: 100,075
Total Order Book Value:$23,939,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$267,583