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Disney cruise line returns to all Mexican ports

The Disney Cruise Line has said they will be expanding their San Diego season by offering a variety of cruises to Mexico ports in 2019.

The company says that from March to May of 2019, they will again be offering Mexico cruises that will dock in popular ports such as Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.



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 […]


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.



Port Cities Fret Over Taxpayer-Funded Terminals for Cruise Ships

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 […]


The Company That Ran The ‘Cruise From Hell’ Pays Almost No Income Tax

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 ships extend Seaside, Oregon's tourism seasons

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 […]


Princess Cruises Sued for Allegedly Ignoring Distressed Fishing Boat

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 […]


Coos Bay company aims to lure cruise ships

A Coos Bay, Oregon, group has suggested the city assess and potentially repair docks by the Empire boat ramp with the hope of drawing tall ships and maybe even small cruise ships.

The Community Coalition of Empire sent a letter requesting the city use a free initial assessment by the Oregon State Marine Board. … […]


Seattle 2011 cruise season counts 196 ship calls, 885,000 passengers

The great majority of cruises starting and ending in Seattle cruise to Alaska.

The Port of Seattle’s 2011 cruise season numbers are in, and the port is reporting numbers more robust than expected.

The port expects even more ship calls next season as the Disney Wonder cruise ship moves to Seattle from Vancouver where […]


Groups aim to keep cruises out of Charleston

Regarding the lawsuit to keep cruises out of the Port of Charleson, ILA Local 1422 President Ken said, "There is a stigma in our community that won't be satisfied until every commercial maritime business has left this community."

Just hours after neighborhood, environmentalist and preservationist groups filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines, […]


San Diego losing another cruise ship

The Holland America liner, the Oosterdam, will cease its cruises out of San Diego in 2012.

The redeployment of Holland America’s Oosterdam, which makes seven-day cruises to Mexico, marks the third ship to leave San Diego waters in the wake of a prolonged economic downturn and rising violence in Mexico. The net effect has […]


First cruise ship of season arrives in Seattle

KPLU's photo of the Crystal Symphony in Seattle

The cruise season has begun in Seattle with Friday morning’s arrival of the Crystal Symphony.

It’s the first of 195 port calls this summer at two terminals on the Seattle waterfront.

Other lines offering Alaska cruises through Seattle are Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal […]