A Brief Look at the Cruise Ship Industry
Cruises have become a popular choice for many individuals and families seeking a get-a-way, particularly because they offer an affordable method of travel with minor planning. As meals, onboard activities and even some shows included in the price, a vacation via cruise remains a top choice for many, and the industry continues to grow.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the cruise industry is “the fastest growing segment of the travel industry.” The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) notes that the cruise industry continues to grow, with more than 20 million individuals cruising in 2012, and millions more predicted to cruise in the years to come.
Given the increased popularity of cruises, it should come as no surprise that more cruise-related legal claims are being brought on a yearly basis. If you were involved in an incident on a cruise ship, or you have questions about your legal rights while onboard a ship, contact a maritime attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. for more information.
Things You May Not Know About the Cruise Industry
In 2012, the cruise industry generated more than $42 billion for the US economy. The economic activity the industry generated provided more than 350,000 jobs and $17 billion in wages to American workers. Additionally, in North America, 26 new ships are either already contracted or soon-to-be added to the fleet through the year 2016.
Cruise ships have evolved significantly over the years. Many of the newer ships are state-of-the-art vessels that include a number of innovations: Internet cafes, Wi-Fi zones, bowling alleys, rock-climbing walls, fitness facilities, swimming pools, spas, wave machines, water slides, and other amenities that rival some of the best land-based facilities.
When it comes to cruising, passengers make up a very diverse demographic. Statistics show the average cruiser is 46 years old with an above-average household income of $93,000 per year. Cruising is an attractive choice for individuals throughout the U.S. and the states that generate the most cruisers are New York, Florida, California, Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Illinois.
The Most Alluring Places to Cruise and the Benefits of Cruising
A maritime attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. who handles cases related to cruise ship accidents and claims on a routine basis has learned that some destinations and ports of call are more appealing than others. In fact, according to the FCCA, just about all cruisers polled have said that the Caribbean is the top place to visit via a cruise ship. Alaska is the next most alluring destination.
When considering vacation options and comparing the benefits of cruising to other types of vacations, many vacationers find that cruises offer them more opportunities to see different locations and parts of the world. Vacationers have noted that they find cruises to be easier to arrange and plan, and they are usually a good overall value for the money spent.
If you or a loved one would like to find out more about the cruise industry, or if you have been involved in a situation on a cruise that requires the assistance of a maritime attorney, contact Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. today to discuss the details of your case.