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The Cruise Shipping Edition
Cruise Passenger Travel Grows 8 Percent; New York and Galveston Post Big Gains \
The top ten cruise lines carried 8.3 cent over 2002. the U.S. Maritime Street Journal (Tuesday, February 24). million passengers on 3.840 North Administration (MarAd) reported indicates that cruise pricing is on the
American cruises in 2003, up eight per- recently. And a recent report in the Wall rise, a positive sign for a sector badly
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The highest growth rates among the top 10 departure ports occurred in New
York and Galveston, which recorded increases of 45 percent and 39 percent respectively in 2003. However, the traf- fic remains heavily concentrated at the major departure ports, which are located in Florida. Miami. Port Canaveral, and
Fort Lauderdale accounted for 49 per- cent of the total cruise passenger traffic.
Overall. 72 percent of the total passen- gers recorded for 2003 chose Caribbean and Bahamas destinations. The figures are part of a statistical series issued quarterly by MarAd on U.S. cruise pas- senger traffic, with data for the 10 major cruise lines operating cruise ships with a capacity greater than 750 passengers.
With the completion of 2003, MarAd now has available a three-year time series of data on North American cruise passenger traffic. Along with the cruise line and vessel name, the record for each cruise in the database contains the num- ber of passengers carried, sailing date and departure port, destination, cruise length and ship capacity.
Cruise Passenger Statistics -Itli Quarter 2003 (Passengers in Thousands)
No. of 9c Change No. of % Change
Cruises Prior Year Passengers Prior Year 983 3.5 2,112 6.1 'North America Cruises by Tai Major Brands
Cruise Passenger Statistics
Cruise l.ine Market Share 4th Quarter 2003 (Passengers in Thousands)
Cruise Line Passengers; Total Passengers;
Carnival Cruise Line 708 33.5
Royal Caribbean International 621 29.4
Norwegian Cause Line 195 9.2
PrincessCruises 172 8.1
Celebrity Cruises 146 6.9
Holland America Line 132 6.3
Disney Cruise Line 99 4.7
Costa Cruise Lines 21 1.0
Crystal Cruises 10 0.5
Cunard Cruise Line 8 0.4
Total 2.112 100.0
North America Cruises by Tol Major Brands
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Cruise Passenger Statistics
Length of Cruise 4th Quarter 2003 (Passengers in Thousands)
No. of No. of
Cruise Length Cruises Passengers 2 to 5 Days 283 637 6 to 8 Days 532 1219 9 to 17 Days 162 248
Greater than 17 Days 6 8
Total 983 2,1 12
North America Cruises by Ten Major Brands
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