Cruise industry supports 891.000 jobs and catered 21.3 million tourists in 2013

The cruise industry is truly global, bringing together a diverse mix of international passengers and crew to experience exciting itineraries, multiple destinations, and exceptional holiday vacation value on every continent. With so many fun options and a high return on vacation experience, it’s not surprising that the popularity of cruise holidays continues to grow. This study shows that the cruise industry’s growth is also generating increased jobs, income, and revenue in all regions of the world. – Christine Duffy, CLIA President and CEO.

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San Francisco’s new cruise ship terminal opened today with little fanfare.

San Francisco’s new cruise ship terminal opened today with little fanfare when the Crown Princess arrived.

Inside the Carnival ships that made cruising history

What were industry giant Carnival’s early ships like? USAToday is running a cruise ship tour detailing what three of the early Carnival cruise ships looked like:

South Florida’s peak cruise season nears kickoff

The Sun Sentinel discusses now cruise ships coming to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, first time ports of call, and a new terminal .

The Regal Princess, Princess’ Cruises’ newest ship – has its naming ceremony November 5, 2014.

Surprise Cruise Tax in Texas

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will start collecting liquor and cigarette tax from cruise passengers at the Port of Houston by mid-October.  Even “duty free” liquor will pay the tax.

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Documents reveal al Qaeda’s plans for seizing cruise ships, carnage in Europe

Future plots include the idea of seizing cruise ships and carrying out attacks in Europe…

Titanic II to sail in 2016

One of Australia’s richest men, Clive Palmer, has unveiled plans for a 21st century version of the Titanic to be built in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016. Read more here:—900372705590b12088fe792d15f2c61c—c1

Costa Concordia leads to new cruise ship regulations

Three new cruise ship regulations have been adopted:

1)  Passage Planning – although cruise lines have followed IMO guidance on passage planning for many years our policy now deems this to be a mandatory minimum requirement and enhanced by endorsement of the best practices contained in the International Chamber of Shipping’s Bridge Procedures Guide. Furthermore, under this policy each passage plan is to be thoroughly briefed to all bridge team members well in advance of its implementation and it is to be drafted by a designated officer and approved by the master.

2)  Personnel Access To The Bridge – to minimize unnecessary disruptions and distractions on the bridge we have adopted a policy that bridge access is to be limited to those with operational functions during any period of restricted manoeuvring or when increased vigilance is required.
3)  Lifejackets – In addition to the statutory requirement of carriage of lifejackets for each person onboard, we have adopted a policy of carrying additional adult lifejackets onboard each cruise ship in excess of these legal requirements so that the number of additional adult lifejackets to be provided must not be less than the total number of persons berthed within the ship’s most populated main vertical fire zone. This ensures that the number of lifejackets carried are far in excess of the number of persons actually onboard the ship.

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Cruise ship set to retrace route of Titanic for 100th anniversary

The British liner Balmoral set sail along the route of the RMS Titanic. The ship left from the same dock where the Titanic ship had sailed 100 years ago. She sailed on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 while the Titanic sailed on April 10, 1912.

Costa Concordia, 5 more bodies found

“5 more bodies have been found. It brings the number of bodies recovered to 30 with 2 still missing and presumed to have drowned.”

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