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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.



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.



Cruise season beginning in Seattle: More than 800,000 travelers expected

The Port of Seattle expects to retain its title as the largest cruise ship port on the U.S. West Coast this year with the port playing host to some 805,000 cruise passengers and 178 ship calls.

The first ships of the season, Holland America’s ms Westerdam and Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess, kicked off the summer […]


Cruise business a success for Port of Seattle

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 […]


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 […]


Report: Royal Caribbean eyes El Salvador as cruise stop

Port of Acajutla, El Salvador

Will Royal Caribbean ships soon be calling in El Salvador?

That’s the word this week from El Salvador’s El Mundo newspaper, which quotes the country’s tourism minister as saying negotiations with Royal Caribbean on a schedule of calls in well underway.

El Mundo says El Salvador’s tourism ministry is […]


US Slaps Sanctions on Ofer Brothers’ Businesses

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday slapped sanctions on seven companies that allegedly do business with Iran – two of them companies with strong Israeli ties.

The Ofer brothers own one of the largest private shipping companies in the world.

Among those singled out by Clinton for alleged business ties with Iran […]


Port of L.A. cruise business sinking

Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas is one of two massive cruise ships to pull out of the Port of Los Angeles this year.

For the first time in about 15 years, the usually vibrant, year-round cruise season will lie dormant this summer at the Port of Los Angeles.

Problems first appeared two years […]


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 […]


Cruise Industry Rebound May Give Boost to San Francisco Economy

The luxury ship Crystal Symphony has more than a dozen calls scheduled in San Francisco as it travels between Los Angeles and Vancouver, B.C. in 2011.

Next year’s calendar already has 57 ships planning to dock in San Francisco, port officials say. That would be a 39 percent increase from this year. … The […]


Carnival and other lines buck bad economy and order new ships to be built

The Carnival Dream will now have two sisters coming soon – the Magic in 2011 and another in 2012

Carnival signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build another sister ship to the newly-released Carnival Dream. The ship will also be built at 130,000 tons, same as the Dream, which gives indication that […]