As the study showed, ten states contributed to the global cruise economic increase. Specifically, these states accounted for 76 % of the cruise industry’s direct purchases in the U.S., 78% of the total employment impact and 79% of the income impact. The top ten states are the following:

The above statistics were based in cruise passenger's spending for air travel and cruise line purchases from vendors located in each state. Florida coming in the first place accounted for 12.42 million cruise passenger visits and crew arrivals in 2018.

As for the second state in the list, California, cruise passenger visits and crew arrivals totaled 2.16 million during 2018. Both states noted a 2.1% increase in visits and crew arrivals in comparison to 2016. Overall, all of the 10 states had significant cruise ports.

The report further showed that cruise passenger embarkations from US ports increased from 11.66 million to 12.68 million, marking once again a high rate for passenger embarkations from U.S. ports. Each two-year period experienced a new high in U.S.-sourced passengers throughout this timeframe.


  • About 13.09 million cruise passengers were sourced from the U.S.
  • Florida's ports handled 7.51 million embarkations, accounted for about 59% of all U.S. cruise embarkations.
  • The cruise lines and their passengers and crew directly spent $23.95 billion on goods and services in the U.S., a 10% increase from 2016. The cruise lines spent $19.28 billion while passengers and crew spent $4.67 billion.
  • Within the U.S., spending by the cruise lines with their direct suppliers was up from $11.17 billion in 2016 to $11.74 billion in 2018.
  • The cruise industry generated the direct employment of an estimated 172,326 workers with U.S. businesses, who, in return, received $8.32 billion in wages and salaries during 2018.
  • Including the indirect and induced economic impacts, the spending of the cruise lines and their crew and passengers was responsible for the generation of $52.67 billion in total output in the U.S., a 10% increase from 2016.
  • Total wages and salaries paid to these workers was $23.15 billion, an increase of 13% over 2016.

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