The trend has continued down the last seven years since Hurricane Wilma . June figures show this year 50 ships vs 64 for June 2011. This may be somewhat offset by larger ships but figures show passenger count down 22 percent. This has a huge impact on the local economy since it also means the number of crew members visiting the island is down. These people spend a substantial amount in local restaurants, bars and shops. One restaurant owner told me the loss of crew member business has been felt more strongly than passenger loss.
What makes little sense to me is that with the downward trend , the government is moving ahead with plans for another cruise pier.