San Diego’s cruise business declined 70 percent in recent years because of the poor economy and violence in Mexico, said the Port’s cruise marketing representative. He anticipates the industry will recover. Port of San Diego photo.
San Diego on Tuesday had the rare occurrence of three cruise ships in port all at once. The [...]
ABC reported that the case of Mobile, Ala., is cautionary: Mobile wooed Carnival for years, borrowing $20 million to build a terminal Carnival would find acceptable. Carnival eventually agreed to base a ship there, and, in 2007 named Mobile its port of the year. The city spent $2.6 million more, according the Times, on [...]
Despite using public ports, Coast Guard assistance, federal customs operations and tax-payer funded roads and bridges, Carnival uses a tax loophole that allows companies incorporated overseas to avoid U.S. taxes, even if the bulk of their operations are based in the states. The New York Times reports that between 2008 and 2011, 26 major [...]
Cruise ship season is coming up and it will be one of the busiest to-date with 23 massive people movers scheduled to come to the Port of Astoria in 2013.
For many establishments, it can be a boon… or a bust, if they are not prepared for thousands of people hitting the streets at one [...]
Norwegian Cruise Line has shuffled around its ships for the 2014-2015 fall and winter seasons to make room for its two newbuilds, currently under construction.
Norwegian will have eight ships sailing to the Caribbean and Bahamas out of five homeports in 2014: Miami, New York, Tampa, Houston and New Orleans.
Norwegian also said it [...]
Seattle is now the 7th largest port of origin for cruises in the nation, and number-one on the West Coast. Seattle Times photo
A record number of cruise ship passengers shoved off from Port of Seattle this year, according to Port officials. Hitting a new height of 933,900 passengers aboard 202 ships. Each of those [...]
Despite the Great Recession, millions have disposable income. It helps that plenty of retired Americans are able to spend money for the luxury of cruises.
For Seattle, that means going to Alaska, a route that is growing again after the state reduced a passenger head tax that had dampened cruise-ship visits.
Even with the Alaska [...]
A record number of cruise ships are expected to dock at Astoria in 2013. Seaside and Cannon Beach merchants are hopeful many of those passengers spend money at local businesses in the two cities.
Doug Barker, events coordinator with the Seaside Chamber of Commerce, said most of the passengers on the cruise ships that [...]
The Grand Princess will move to San Francisco in May 2013.
Princess Cruises plans to base a cruise ship year-round in San Francisco — a first for the line.
The California-based cruise operator said the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess would move to the city in May 2013 to sail a mix of voyages to Alaska, Hawaii, [...]
Adrian Vásquez is the sole survivor of the fishing boat that signaled the cruise ship. His 16-year-old and 31-year-old companions died in the days after the ship passed them by.
After surviving 28 days out at sea in a small disabled boat, Panamanian Adrian Vazquez is now suing Princess Cruise Lines after one of its [...]
The Disney Wonder — a 964-foot ship that holds 2,700 guest passengers — is skimming Hawaii waters for the first time.
Disney Wonder’s arrival in Hawaii marks the first time that the cruise line has sailed to the Islands. Disney Cruise Line is offering a second cruise — a 14-night Hawaiian voyage — that [...]
‘Each one of those ships means over $2 million for the local economy, and over 4,300 regional jobs during the cruise season,’ said Port Commission president Gael Tarleton in a statement.
On Saturday, the 2012 season’s first cruise ship arrived in the Port of Seattle’s Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. The Holland America Line’s MS [...]
Celebrity Cruise’s Solstice will be one of the largest cruise ships to berth in Seattle, with an overall length of 1041 feet and a capacity of 2850 passengers. The Solstice will be making 19 calls, with the bulk of the itineraries being seven day roundtrip cruises departing from Smith Cove Terminal at Terminal 91.
Disney is the newest of seven major lines that will call in Seattle after the Alaska cruise season kicks off May 6, but already has made the decision not to come back in 2013. Instead, Disney will return to Vancouver, B.C., where it began its foray into the Alaska market in 2011.
The line plans [...]
Jimmy Herman, former International President of the ILWU
San Francisco’s newest cruise ship terminal has been named after a former president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 now carries the name of the man who was president of the ILWU from 1977 to 1991 and [...]