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Carnival Cruise Lines bringing big bucks to the Texas economy



Sunset on Galveston Bay (photo: Galveston)

Currently, two Carnival ships are homeported year-round in Galveston:

–          3,690-passenger Carnival Magic – its newest ship – offering two different week-long Caribbean itineraries

–          2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph, operating four- and five-day cruises to Mexico

–          Together, Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph are expected to carry 450,000 passengers annually from Galveston – the most of any cruise operator


According to a study commissioned by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA):

–          The North American cruise industry contributed $1.1 billion in direct spending to the Texas economy in 2010

–          Cruise industry spending generated 16,457 jobs and $828 million in income for Texas workers

–          Voyages from Texas are estimated to have produced $43.7 million in passenger and crew on-shore spending

–          Texas residents that cruised in 2010 totaled 1.1 million, accounting for 11 percent of all U.S. cruise passengers


The CLIA study also found that nationwide the cruise industry generates:

–          $37.9 billion in total economic benefits

–          $18 billion in direct spending by the cruise lines and passengers on U.S. goods and services

–          329,943 total U.S. jobs generated by cruise expenditures

–          $15.24 billion in total wages for U.S. employees

Source: Carnival Cruise Lines

Doug Parker is the producer and host of the Cruise Radio podcast and the daily Cruise Radio News briefs. Tune in where you listen to your favorite podcast.

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