Cruising is a booming business with approximately 34 million passengers taking a cruise each year and contributing to the flourishing $60 billion industry.
News reports frequently hail the launch of newer bigger cruise ships, which have made this once exclusive domain of the wealthy available to all income brackets, but now cruise embarkation ports are in the news. Many major ports are planning improvements to make their facilities more secure, easier, more multi-functional and even a little more eco-friendly.
The Port of San Diego opened its new $28 million pavilion just before Christmas which will provide green shore-side power to cruise ships. When cruise ships are not in port, the huge complex can be used as a public events arena.
Not to be outdone, the neighboring Port of Los Angeles has just completed its $10.8 million solar roof project. The solar panels are estimated to produce 1.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per annum and should save $200,000 in energy costs whilst providing a more eco-friendly system.
Known as the “Cruise Capital of the World”, the Port of Miami is the busiest cruise ship port in the world and sees around 4 million passengers a year depart its busy docks. It has laid out plans for a $2 billion expansion over the next two decades including a $75 million project to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships to date, the Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas.
by Gillian at Luxique Luxury Hotels
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