"...Cruise Lines International Association study found that the industry accounted for $280 million in spending in 2011..."
October 31, 2012
BY: Ben Myers, Staff Writer CityBusiness
The cruise industry continues to strengthen its local presence, a trend that seems likely to continue as the Port of New Orleans plans additional capacity and cruise lines add new lines and refurbish existing ships.
Passenger embarkations in New Orleans increased 41 percent to 736,908 in 2011, and Port CEO Gary LaGrange predicts that figure will top 1 million this year, according to a press release from the port.
Royal Caribbean will add Navigator of the Seas, a 3,114-passenger ship on Nov. 17.
Norwegian Cruise Line will debut the Star on Nov. 4, which has room for 33o more passengers than the Spirit, which it is replacing.
The port, meanwhile, plans to start construction on a new $25 million cruise terminal at Poland Avenue next summer.
A recent Cruise Lines International Association study found that the industry accounted for $280 million in spending in 2011, up 35 percent from the prior year.
The study also found cruise industry spending generated 5,512 jobs and $211 million in income to the state.
A study the Port of New Orleans commissioned in 2011 found that cruise passengers spent an average of 1.8 nights in New Orleans, either before or after their cruise, and spent $27.9 million on lodging, food, beverage and incidentals.
The study also determined that cruise ship crew members spent $8 million on electronics, clothing, food and beverages in 2011 – roughly 26 percent higher than the national average.