A business-oriented research group says the 9 million cruise passengers that came through Florida in 2013 accounted for $7.3 billion in direct spending.

Florida TaxWatch said in a report released last week [embedded below] that Florida has three of the most-visited cruise terminals in the world: Port Everglades, Port Miami and Port Canaveral.

The report says that Florida is responsible for more than a third of all cruise-industry direct spending in the United States.

The report also says that Florida accounts for more than half the U.S.-based cruise-ship employment.

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Photo Credit: A fleet of Fiat watercraft welcomes the MSC Divina as the cruise ship arrives in her new home port of Miami on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Walter Michot / Miami Herald/MCT