Alaska Scores Big Cruise Dollars in 2011

alaskaA recent report by CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) showed Alaska being a booming cruise destination, again. The report showed that over 4.8-million cruise guests and passengers were in Alaska in 2011, spending $500 million or $104 per person.

“In this uncertain economic environment, we are pleased to demonstrate the importance of the North American cruise industry to the U.S. economy in creating jobs and positively impacting the residents of all 50 states through direct and indirect spending,” said Christine Duffy, CLIA’s president and CEO. “These findings are further evidence that the industry’s ability to provide outstanding choice and value that resonate strongly with consumers work in beneficial ways for the country’s economy as well.”

Alaska’s cruise passengers are up 1.4 percent over 2010, creating 22,493 jobs with $962 million in annual wages. Alaska also ranked fifth in the nation for overall economic impact in cruising to the tune of $18.9 billion.

Disney, Carnival, Princess and Holland America are just a couple of cruise lines that call seasonally to Alaska.

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