The Port of New Orleans set a new record in 2018 with 1,182,111 cruise passenger movements, up 2.3% from the year before. A 23% surge in guests taking Mississippi River cruises helped buoy the total, with new and larger ships set to sail from New Orleans both in the Caribbean and on the river in 2019.
For the first time in Southeast Asia, two Princess Cruises’ ships—Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess—have docked in several ports in Southeast Asia on the same day. The sister ships are sailing in the region for the Singapore homeporting season.
Prince Edward Island's Port Charlottetown projects 146,000 passengers and 63,000 crew to arrive for the 2019 cruise season, set to kick off May 1. That tops 2018's record of nearly 98,000 passengers and 44,000 crew.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has partnered with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corp. to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point at Hoonah. Last month NCLH president and CEO Frank Del Rio said the company was looking to make strategic investments in Alaska to ensure preferential berthing rights for its growing deployment there.
Carnival Corp. & plc reached an agreement with the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to become the first concession-holder to operate the Canary Islands' and mid-Atlantic's newest cruise terminal.
In spite of 2017's devastating hurricanes, Caribbean and Latin American destinations overall benefited from a record $3.36bn in direct cruise spending, a 6.3% increase compared to the last measurement in 2015.