That's what the U.S. economy is hearing every time a cruise line arrives at or departs from a U.S. port city. In fact, a new study by Cruise Lines International Association showed North American cruise lines and their passengers and crew contributed more than $42 billion in total U.S. economy in 2012. Additionally, the cruise industry generated more than 350,000 jobs, paying $17.4 billion in wages to American workers. States more positively affected by the cruise industry's spending included Florida, California, Texas, New York, Alaska, Washington, Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois and New Jersey.
Get ready to celebrate Halloween and Christmas at sea with Disney. The cruise line is bringing the holidays to their ships with Halloween on the High Seas Cruises and Very Merrytime Cruises. Halloween kicks off September 22 with Halloween-themed parties, entertainment and decor. The first Very Merrytime Cruises depart November 9 on Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder and November 10 on Disney Dream and Disney Magic.
An 'Accessible' List
Need to find out what type of accessible facilities are available on your next cruise? Not a problem. Special Needs Group is adding cruise ships to its Web portal, beginning this month with the Royal Caribbean brands (Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises). The site lists the number of accessible staterooms and what makes them accessible, food and beverage venue accessibility and recreational facilities accessibility. Norwegian Cruise Line was added last April and in August, the site will add Holland America Line. One cruise line will be added per month until all cruise line ships that serve the North American market have been included.
Princess Cruises has announced the senior officers for Regal Princess, which launches in June 2014. Leading the team will be Captain Ed Perrin, who has been captaining Princess ships since 2006. Other senior officers will be: relief captain Dino Sagani; relief captain John Foster; chief engineer Rosario Segreto; hotel general manager Dirk Brand; and staff captain Aldo Traverso.
Cruises for Sale
Cruise Lines International Association has set the dates for the third annual National Cruise Vacation Week. Taking place from October 20 to 27, cruise lines and cruise sellers will offer sales, promotions and packages, as well as fun cruise-themed events.
While Venice locals and the cruise industry continue to squabble over the presence of ship, the city is unabashedly investing millions into its port facilities to provide shore-to-ship power to visiting cruise ships. The city unveiled plans for a cold ironing facility, which allows ships at dock to receive shoreside power without having to keep their onboard engines running. Cold ironing reduces carbon dioxide emissions, as well as noise pollution. Once completed, the facility will be able to power up to three ships simultaneously. The project is expected to take 15 months to complete and cost 20 million euros and the city estimates some 20 percent of ships that visit Venice will be able to take advantage of the service
-- by Dori Saltzman, News Editor