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