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CLIA Year In Review

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The cruise industry saw 24.7 million global ocean passengers with the top 10 countries purchasing cruises being: Canada, the US, Brazil, the UK, Frances, Spain, Germany, Italy, China and Australia.

There are a total 458 ships in the CLIA Global Fleet (260 ocean and 198 river) with 499K beds (474k ocean and 25k river).

26 new ships were added to the CLIA fleet, 9 ocean and 17 river.
Destinations purchased were an overwhelming 35% to the Caribbean. Second place was the Mediterranean at 18.3%. Europe (without med, Asia, Australia, Alaska, and South America) were some of the other favorite destinations.
CroisiEurope’s MS Camargue on the Rhone River We recently had a chance to try a 4 night cruise on one of CroisiEurope’s river ships. If you haven’t heard of this company don’t feel bad as the [...]
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Cruising in Alaska on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam Over this July 4th we did a pre-charter cruise on the HAL’s Nieuw Amsterdam sailing round trip from Vancouver. As luck would have it, [...]
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New ships, hurricane relief, and more
Ritz Carlton has announced they will be building 3 298 passenger luxury ships/yachts, bringing the total number of ships currently under construction to 80! Worldwide, there are 12 yard building these ships.
As much of the Caribbean and Florida are still reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, it is always heartwarming to see positive stories emerging. A NCL ship has been sent to St. Thomas to bring home stranded Americans following the massive storm.
SeaDream has announced they will be operating a series of 7 night cruises to Cuba during February and March of 2019. These cruises will be a fantastic opportunity for groups of up to 112 guests. Contact our sales team for further information.
It seems many cruise lines are revamping their private islands. MSC has budgeted $200 million into the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve which will be ambitious private island that can be used day or night. Not only will it include all the expected ticket items, but it will also have an amphitheater. NCL and RCCI have plans to renovate some of their spaces on their private islands and Carnival is building a purpose built pier for their ships.
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Dubrovnik Joins the Trend of Limiting Cruises
The newly elected mayor of Dubrovnik is wanting to limit cruise passengers to 4,000 per day, down from the current limit of 8,000 per day.  This is in addition to over 40 requested ship visits that were denied thus far in 2017.  Dubrovnik joins Venice and Barcelona where local authorities are trying to limit cruise tourist.  In the case of Venice, discussions are well underway to limit or reroute ships entering Venice’s cruise port. Dubrovnik’s mayor takes a different approach in that he will also be seeking to limit tour operators bringing groups into The Walled City.
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