Despite hurricanes, record $3.4bn in direct Caribbean cruise spending

However, fortunes were changed due to the storms, with destinations like the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and the US Virgin Islands seeing declines, while others picked up business on ship redeployments.

The spending springs from the 29.6m passenger and crew onshore visits to 36 Caribbean and Latin American destinations (including several non-Caribbean, Pacific coast ports) in the 2017-18 cruise year.

79,000 jobs generated

As well, cruising generated 79,000 jobs paying more than $900m in wages during the period, according to a newly released study by Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA). Details were announced at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show Thursday in Puerto Rico.

‘We could not be prouder of these results and what they mean for all of our neighbors and…

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