Despite the recent hurricane blasts, people are still going to the Caribbean. A look at the statistics just out shows the affinity people have for the warm climate and sandy beaches. In 2016, about 1/3 of all cruises visited the islands.
After two recent massive hurricanes several islands got demolished. Most suffered flooding and extremely high winds, Puerto Rico is still “under water” – weeks after the deluge.
I, for one, will not attempt a trip down there from September through December. That is when you really need motion sickness pills. There are YouTube videos posted that show lower cabins actually going underwater!
Backgrounder: The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
The next most popular destination is probably not a surprise – the Mediterranean. The region drew about 18% of the market. Europe as a whole, settled in at 11%. This was followed by Asia, South Pacific, Alaska and South America was in at 2%.
It seems odd, but Alaska came in at single digits. That is a great cruise. They speak English and take American dollars! The season is just so short. First trips head out in May and the last stops about mid-September. The scenery is incomparable.
During my speaking career, I have been up north three times. The last one I skipped the tours and brought my hiking clothes and headed up into the hills. I have some great photos looking down at the ship.
Finally, I did notice that the Middle East is not even listed in the charts. Must be in the 13% of “other”destinations. I know they are building up harbors to entertain world visitors. We will be going soon to Abu Dhabi – Dubai – Mumbai – Phuket and Singapore. Can’t wait.
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