The three (3) largest United States-based cruise lines have announced more than 272 itineraries amongst their brands for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 sailing seasons which include the Republic of Cuba. Additional itineraries are expected to be announced. And, smaller cruise lines are also operating in the Republic of Cuba marketplace.
Miami, Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings Ltd
Miami, Florida-based Carnival Corporation & plc
Miami, Florida-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
In 2016, the three cruise lines combined operated a fleet of approximately 144 vessels, managed approximately 14 brands, earned approximately US$28.8 billion in gross revenues, and employed approximately 218,000 men and women.
If each vessel sails at capacity, a total of more than 434,000 passengers will visit the Republic of Cuba from 2017 through 2019.
The gross revenues to the cruise lines from the 272 Republic of Cuba sailings would be projected to exceed US$585 million from 2017 through 2019.
The 434,000 passengers would be projected to spend approximately US$60 million while in the Republic of Cuba [approximately US$140.00 per person in expenditures and organized/non-organized excursions including cost(s) for tour(s), meals (government-operated and privately-operated), ground transportation (privately-operated classic car tours), sundries and souvenirs (including spirits, coffee, tobacco, artwork and crafts)]. Some passengers could spend considerably more (cigars for example) given the United States duty-free personal exemption of US$800 per person.