The North American cruise industry generated 329,943 jobs that contributed a $15.2 billion wage impact on the U.S. economy in 2010, a 5.1 percent increase in employment and a 7.0 percent rise in wages over 2009, according to the latest independent study commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The total cruise industry economic impact in the U.S.
in 2010 was $37.85 billion of gross output, a 7.8 percent increase over last year.
Over the past decade the cruise industry has outperformed the national economy and the travel and tourism sector, in particular. Spending with U.S. businesses by the cruise industry in 2000 totaled an estimated $10.3 billion. These expenditures have
increased by 75 percent to $18 billion in 2010. Over the same period, total economic output generated by cruise-related spending in the U.S. increased by 128 percent, increasing from $16.6 billion in 2000 to $37.9 billion in 2010. The total employment impact of the cruise industry has increased 28.4 percent during the same time.