September 05, 2007

According to a study released by the Cruise Lines International Association on Aug. 29, the cruise industry's impact on the travel industry continues to grow. Cruises generated $35.7 billion in gross economic development in 2006, and embarkations from U.S. ports increased 4 percent to 9 million. U.S. residents make up 78 percent of the industry's passengers, and the total number of global passengers numbered 12 million, up 7 percent from 2005. Total global revenues hit just over the $20 million mark, an increase of 7 percent from 2005 as well. The top 10 U.S. cruise ports by number of embarkations, according to the organization, are Miami; Port Canaveral, Fla.; Port Everglades, Fla.; Galveston, Texas; Los Angeles; New York; Tampa, Fla.; Long Beach, Calif.; Seattle, and Honolulu.