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Alaska, the Caribbean islands and Mexican coast, the Mississippi River, and the northeastern United States kind the spine of the cruising itineraries. Europe is the second hottest choice for American cruisers, with South America, the South Pacific, Asia, and Africa distant thirds. However, the seek for new markets coupled with client demand for extra “unique” ports of call has led to a rise in the demand for extra distant itineraries. [newline]For example, 600,000 cruise passengers visited Alaska during the annual season from May to September 1999. Three hundred thousand of those passengers visited the port of Anchorage. Direct expenditures by the cruise trade were $103 million; expenditures by passengers added an additional $28 million. In addition, the business paid $2 million in local, state, and federal taxes and fees for services in the port of Anchorage .

The number creeps even larger to $19.three billion when factoring in different income …