Cruising has always been about more than just sailing – it’s also about visiting and exploring destinations. One of the best ways to do that in Old San Juan Puerto Rico is a horse and carriage tour with Las Calesas Del Viejo San Juan. Not only will you get to see the highlights of Old San Juan, you will learn about the culture and history from your skilled and knowledgeable driver. The sound of horse’s hooves over the cobblestone streets can’t help but transport you back to the early years of Spanish rule in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Experiences such as these explain the positive cruise industry economic impacts to local economies and small businesses that operate shore side excursions.
Puerto Rico is no exception. With a 2012 Port Pulse™ rank of 26th (out of over 830 embarkation and destination ports around the world) the Port of San Juan benefits from the spending of 150,000 crew and 920,000 annual passengers. That is a direct economic impact estimated at over $125 million.
Review seasonality of 2012 passenger and crew spending in San Juan, cruise line share and embarkation vs. destination statistics in the charts below by clicking the image to enlarge.
Cruise passenger and crew spending in ports of call from direct spending on a variety of goods and services including ground transportation, clothing, food and shore excursions. For embarkation/debarkation ports estimates also include lodging as part of a pre- and/or post-cruise stay, air and ground transportation and miscellaneous port and cruise line services.
Sources: Crew and passenger visitation rates and port spending estimates derived from Business Research & Economic Advisors, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and Cruise Lines International Association. Each ship's unique destination itinerary, sailing days and passenger capacity from Cruise Market Watch.
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