Tourism officials say a record number of cruise ships docked in
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- A record number of cruise ships docked in Aruba
last year, tourism officials said.
The 331 cruise ships that docked on the Dutch island in 2000 represented
percent increase over the number the previous year, the Cruise Tourism
Authority said on Friday. The previous record of 273 ships was set in 1996.
The ships brought 490,005 visitors to the Caribbean island with a population
100,000 people. Nearly half the population is employed in tourism-related work,
according to official government statistics.
The authority had worked to attract cruise lines to Aruba after Carnival's
Fascination and Premier Cruises' Seawind Crown dropped the Dutch Caribbean
island from their schedules in May for unspecified reasons.
Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.