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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

The Importance of Cruise Port Infrastructure and Attractions

Just as cruise ship maintenance is vital to keeping existing fleets up to par with brand new vessels, sustaining modernized port infrastructures and local attractions is also important to attract and keep cruise traffic. Recent global discussions and upgrades have renewed interest in destinations and homeports according to their curb appeal and ease of access.

For instance, as the burgeoning cruise market in Asia expands, docking facilities are at a premium, and Seatrade Cruise News reported on their current state and future outlook. Putting it in perspective, Japan is the region’s most visited country followed by Korea, China and Singapore with five ports seeing 110 to 402 turnarounds operating from each. As such, Korea is expected to have 13 total berths by 2020.

Closer to home, Port Canaveral, Florida just completed $48 million dollars in improvements to Terminal 5 as inaugurated by Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Valor earlier this month. Among the upgrades were an overall expansion to cater to bigger 3,500-guest ships, an elongated 120-foot pier, a 1,044-stall parking garage and new boarding bridges. That is to say as ships get increasingly larger, ports need to boost their abilities to accommodate t

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