The picture of today is remarkably different All port size groups referring to

The picture of today is remarkably different all port

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. The picture of today is remarkably different. All port size groups referring to the hosting of passenger movements are far more populated, as the number of the ports hosting any cruise activities has increased and the size of cruise ports in terms of traffic accommodated per year is much bigger ( Table 2.3 ). 20 major ports and 34 very large ones exist in Caribbean, Mediterranean and North America alone. In North America there are today 7 major cruise ports. Neither the ranking order of the top four ports nor their classification as the biggest cruise ports of the world has changed during the last decade. What has changed though is the scale of the passenger movements they host. In 2014 Miami reached 4.47 million passengers, whereas the three others, namely Everglades (3.93) and Canaveral (3.87) in Florida, and Cozumel (3.4) in Mexico, hosted more than three million passengers. In total, the list of the USA port system includes 7 major, 8 very large, 8 large, and 9 medium-size cruise ports of recorded any cruise traffic in 2014, out of accommodating more than 200 000 passenger movements. The list of the 14 Canadian and 22 Mexican cruise ports includes two other very large cruise ports and six large ones. Since 2005 three more ports have joined Nassau, Bahamas in the list of major ports. While Nassau is the biggest cruise port of the world hosting 3.57 million passenger movements, the Out Islands in Bahamas have almost reached a three million passenger traffic (2.95). Point Blanche exceeded two million passengers in 2014, and Georgetown in the Cayman Islands reached 1.61 million passenger movements. The Caribbean cruise port system also includes nine very large ports and five large ports. In addition to these, a substantial part of the traffic is accommodated in private islands or private facilities developed by cruise lines. The total of major ports in the Mediterranean Sea stands at eight. The growth of the Mediterranean has been associated with the effective capacity of several ports to develop their activities and operations to serve the rapidly increasing number of vessels deployed and volumes of passengers wishing to cruise. Civitavecchia (2.14), a port constructed to serve Rome in the suburbs of the city, is the second port after Barcelona (2.36) hosting more than two million passengers per year. There are also 15 very large and 14 large ports and more than 100 other ports accommodating cruise passenger traffic. North Europe has also seen the development of a major port, Southampton, that in 2013 hosted 1.48 million passenger movements or the annual traffic of the UK, two very large ports, Hamburg and Copenhagen, and several more of smaller scale. With recent strong growth in the region, ports in Asia have responded by undertaking a number of significant expansion projects. Singapore and Hong Kong remain the region’s m ain cruise centres.
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