"How about the captain's welcome cocktail party? After all, how many people can he shake hands with? The problem is that we're all building more ships, developing more islands. But where is the infrastructure to support it, and how do we then meet the expectations of the passenger?"
Ports Don't Have Space
The Port of Miami is growing so fast that some companies, including NCL, are looking at Ft. Lauderdale as an alternative embarking port. Miami, the world's largest cruise ship port, has added its 25th permanently based ship.
Los Angeles, once considered a small cruise ship port, is booming, with cruise lines heading for the Mexican Riviera as well as shorter three- and four-day cruises to Mexico, with stops at San Diego and Catalina Island.
What does all this mean? If parallels can be drawn between the cruise ship business and the airline business, the time to take advantage of all these great deals is in the next two years. Because once the cruise industry shakes itself down, it's likely that there will be fewer cruise lines, with those remaining operated by mega-companies.