The Travel Factory Blog
Influence Of Cruises On U. S. Economy
Over the past 3 years since I've been publishing this Travel Factory Blog I've had several sessions discussing the impact of cruising as a wonderful vacation option for both the individual as well as for families. It just has something for everyone, and the service provided by those serving on board make you feel really cared for and appreciated.
I think the message of the quality of vacations that the cruise experience provides has resonated with initial cruisers because there is a great increase of past passengers deciding to go on another cruise the next year. Past passenger percentages for all cruise lines are decidedly on the increase each year.
The Cruise Lines International Association reported recently that in 2014, last year , their passengers and crew spent a record $21 billion in the United States, an increase of 16% over the previous year. Total contributions of the global cruise industry recorded a record $46.09 Billion in 2014. Better still, and still climbing, this industry generated 373,738 jobs in the United States, paying more than $19 Billion in wages and salaries.
CLIA reported that in 2014, they had the largest increase of paying cruise passengers in 10 years, with more than 11 million cruise passengers worldwide embarking from U. S. ports. These passengers sailed out of Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral, Galveston, New York, New Orleans, Tampa, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Of course the cruise lines are using some of that increased income to not only build new ships but also to help construct infrastructure. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has reported that they plan to build a $100 million terminal at Port Miami, hopefully operational by 2018. Within the past two years they helped the country of Jamaica build another port at Falmouth, Jamaica. Our Rudy Cruise passengers this year experienced this really nice improvement over the previous Montego Bay port.
At this time of the year many of the travel magazines and organizations publish reports from various surveys of sellers and users of travel products about who is the most favored among the crowd. Speaking of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, they were recognized in a survey by Cruise Critic as being the “Best for Families” category, unseating Disney Cruise Lines who had held that mantle for many years. Carnival Cruise Line was cited for being the “best value-for-the-money” line.
River cruises got into the mix this year too, and the one we see on television all the time, Viking River Cruises, was recognized as having the best itineraries. The newly created “Best River Cruise Line” category named Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection with the top honor.
Travel agents at The Travel Factory love to guide interested travelers and sell the cruise product that fits their needs, wants, and pocketbooks, because we very very seldom have anyone coming back with a negative report about their experience. In fact, they are ready to book again!!! So give us a call and let us help you manufacture the vacation experience of a lifetime. Eye to eye is best, so see us at 4150 Southwest Drive, or call us at 698-1421 or toll-free 800-760-4040.