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56The onboard activities are varied. Carnival offers water parks on select ships on top of normal onboard cruise line activities,57while Norwegian’s entertainment consists simply of spas, bars, and casinos.58Carnival is also looking to release more onboard activities on their new ship, the Vista, which will have the first Imax Theater at sea and a sky ride course.592.3 Economic Climate and Outlook 2.3.1 United States Despite facing domestic economic challenges, which emerged from factors including low interest rates, widespread mortgage lending, and excessive risk taking in the financial sector, the U.S. economy is still one of the largest economies in the World.60The U.S. economy represents about 20% of total global output, and currently has the sixth highest per capita GDP of $53,042.61Accounting for approximately 80% of its output is its highly expanded and technologically advanced services sector.62Service oriented companies including areas of healthcare, retail, technology, and financial services play a large role in dominating the domestic and global stage. The U.S. is the second largest manufacturer in the world, primarily comprised of the automobile, aerospace, machinery, telecommunications, and chemicals industries.63GDP growth for 2014 as a whole was the strongest in four years at 2.4%.64The steep fall in gas prices along with a decline in the unemployment rates should revitalize private consumption and sustain growth in the upcoming terms.65The U.S. is the second leading exporter of goods and services in the world and number one leading importer.66As recent years have shown a declining dependence on foreign oil, the trade deficit of high domestic demand for consumer goods produced abroad has decreased as a result. 5556Ibid.575859;sweeping-‐ocean-‐views-‐at-‐every-‐turn-‐will-‐also-‐feature-‐high-‐altitude-‐sky-‐ride-‐and-‐worlds-‐first-‐imax-‐theatre-‐at-‐sea-‐300024644.html6061Ibid.62Ibid.63.6465Ibid.66
8According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a data release in September 2014 showed that the North American cruise industry continued to expand in 2013, contributing to employment, income, and other economic benefits throughout the U.S.
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