Waterfront Tourism: Cruise Ships

December 14, 2010

The New York Passenger Terminal is also known as the New York Cruise Terminal or Luxury Liner Row. The terminal consists of North River Piers 88, 90, 92 and 94 on the Hudson between West 46th and 54th streets. The terminal had 900,000 passengers in 2003 and projects to get 1.5 million passengers by 2017. It is the fourth busiest cruise terminal in the United States. The industry provides more than 3,000 jobs and $600 million in revenue for the city and ships depart year-round. The port is the lead in trans-atlantic cruises to Europe, despite what John Atkins told me (he lied). Itineraries also include Bermuda and the Caribbean. Cruise lines that depart from the terminal include Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line,  Holland America Line, Crystal Cruises, Seven Seas Cruises, and Silversea and Seaborn. I was curious how much a cruise actually costs (I’ve never been on one), so I looked at the Carnival Cruise line site. For a cruise to the Caribbean for one week starts at about $600 for an interior room and goes above $1,500 for a suite for two guests. The cruises that my search pulled up listed dates in May, June,  July, August, September, and October 2011. A Norwegian cruise ship departed on Sunday and another departs this coming Saturday. The cruise line industry seems to be a crucial part of the New York waterfront, as well as a crucial part of the industry nationwide. Maybe one day I’ll be able to afford to participate.

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