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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Florida remains cruise capital of the world

The number of people boarding cruise ships within the nation dropped last year for the first time since the recession, but passenger counts increased globally and in Florida, according to a new report from the Cruise Lines International Association.

Last year, 9.96 million people embarked on cruises from U.S. ports, a 1.3% drop compared to 2012. Though, globally, the number of passengers taking cruises on North American cruise lines increased nearly 4% to 17.6 million, according to the Miami Herald.

Florida remains a cruise industry powerhouse, with the number of embarking passengers increasing 1.3% to 6.15 million in 2013. Miami led the growth with more than 2 million passengers boarding ships, a 6.8% increase; Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale saw a 2.7% increase to more than 1.8 million embarking passengers.

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