Nassau's Atlantis, as seen from the deck of Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas.

Nassau’s Atlantis, as seen from the deck of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas.

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, in its most recent report on Economic Contribution of Cruise Tourism, lists The Bahamas as Number One in “Total Cruise Tourism Expenditures” (2011-2012 Cruise Year) with a total of $393.8 (U.S.) million.  While many of the ships calling in The Bahamas dock in Nassau, this total encompasses all ports of call in The Bahamas.

St. Maarten ($356.2 million), The U.S. Virgin Islands ($339.8 million), Puerto Rico ($186.6 million) and The Cayman Islands ($157.7 million) round out the top five.  Together, the top five accounted for 72 percent of the total cruise tourism expenditures among the 21 destinations.  The bottom two were St. Vincent and The Grenadines ($3.0 million) and Nicaragua ($2.0 million).

All destinations combined totaled $1,990.0 million.

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