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San Diego sees increase in cruise passengers, forecasts growth

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

San Diego’s slow but steady success in growing the cruise industry business began declining seven years ago following a boom in the mid- to late 2000s.

Thanks to continued strong interest from Disney Cruise Line and the port’s most frequent visitor, Holland America, San Diego is starting to see […]

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Mega ships won’t hit Alaska for a few more years

From KRBD:

Southeast Alaska cruise towns have been getting ready to spend a lot of money making sure their ports can handle “post-Panamax” cruise ships. Those are mega ships with special designs that make them not work well in ports with big tides and fixed docks.

Those ships were to start arriving in the Alaska […]

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Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line open renovated cruise terminal at Pier 66

The Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) showcased the new Bell Street Cruise Terminal at the Port’s Pier 66 building in a grand celebration this week. The newly renovated terminal features three times the square footage within the same walls of the prior facility, and is custom designed to handle the […]

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First cruise ship transits expanded Panama Canal

From Marine Log:

The Disney Wonder transited the Panama Canal April 29, becoming the first passenger vessel to go through the canal’s new set of locks, marking a milestone for the cruise industry.

Originally delivered from the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in 1999, the ship underwent a major refurbishment at Navantia in Spain last year that […]

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Port of Seattle kicks off biggest cruise season

The Port of Seattle kicks off its biggest cruise season yet on Saturday, April 29, with over one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast.

The port said that the cruise industry in Seattle is responsible for over $500 million in economic impact to the region, […]

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Cruise industry expects robust 2017

From a Post Bulletin article titled ‘Travel Scene: Cruise operators are riding high seas’:

The cruising industry is setting sail into 2017 with high expectations.

According to industry leaders, the outlook is that 2017 may be a historic one, with bookings at an all-time high. That prospect has been advanced by one of the leaders […]

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Carnival cruise doubling size of Long Beach terminal

Queen Mary Dome, Port of Long Beach

Carnival Cruise Line formally announced its plans this week to more than double the size of its Port of Long Beach terminal.

The cruise line operator has used a portion of the Queen Mary Dome, previously home to the Spruce Goose, since 2003. According to Carnival, a […]

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Carnival Corp. to remain dominant through 2026

Carnival in Long Beach

From Cruise Industry News:

Carnival Corporation will retain its leading market share going forward, with more than 40 percent of the global cruise market by 2026, but down from 44.3 percent this year, according to the 2016-2017 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. Meanwhile, MSC Cruises will double its market share.

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MSC Cruises to build two more megaships

The Meraviglia Plus ships will be due for delivery respectively in November 2019 and April 2020.

MSC Cruises announced it will build two new mega ships that will be able to carry 6,300 passengers at full capacity.

The two new ships — which will be known as “Meraviglia Plus class” — will be 16 […]

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Big plans and even bigger ships as cruise industry enters a hull new world in 2016

Koningsdam is the biggest ship to be built for Holland America Line – like Cunard, P&O, and Princess, part of the giant Carnival Corporation. 2,660 passengers, 99,500 tons.

From The Mirror UK:

When the lavishly painted hull of Norwegian Escape swings into the Solent at the end of next month it will be the […]

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Port of San Diego: Start of 2015-2016 cruise season

The Port of San Diego’s homeported lines are Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Celebrity Cruises. On average, each homeported cruise has an economic impact of $2 million to the region.

The Port of San Diego’s cruise season kicks off on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 with the arrival of Celebrity […]

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Port of Seattle, Norwegian Cruise Line sign 15-year deal

From the Seattle Times:

The Port of Seattle commissioners this week unanimously voted to sign a long-term lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to continue operating out of Bell Street Cruise Terminal’s Pier 66 and to split an estimated $30 million in facility upgrades.

Norwegian Cruise will pay the Port an estimated $73 million […]

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Port of Seattle’s cruise season underway

The Port of Seattle’s 2015 cruise season began May 1 at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal with the arrival of the Holland America Line Westerdam. The port expects 192 cruise ship calls this season, bringing an estimated 895,055 revenue passengers.

For the eighth year in a row, Port of Seattle cruise terminals will welcome over 800,000 […]

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S.F.’s new cruise ship terminal, named for former ILWU leader, sees first ship arrival

Jimmy Herman, former International President of the ILWU

The newest dock of the bay – San Francisco’s handsome $100 million new cruise ship terminal – opened for business Thursday when giant ship Crown Princess, big as a castle and white as a wedding cake, tied up just after 7 in the morning.

There was no […]

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Port of Seattle prospers in booming Alaska cruise market

Seven companies use Seattle as a home port for their Alaska itineraries: Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess and Royal Caribbean.

The Port of Seattle has overtaken Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco and San Diego to become the West Coast’s leading cruise-ship terminal, thanks to the growing popularity of cruises to Alaska.

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