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Economic Impact of New York City's Cruise Industry


2012 NYCruise Economic Impact Study

NYCruise has done it again! Mayor Bloomberg announced that New York City’s cruise industry generated a total economic impact of nearly $200 million in 2012! The 2012 Economic Impact Study detailed some of the highlights for the Cruise Industry here in NYC including:

  • A 32% increase in passengers, up from 445,718 in 2009 to 587,727 in 2012
  • A 40% increase in ship calls at the Manhattan and Brooklyn Cruise Terminals, up from 181 in 2009 to 251 in 2012
  • Passengers and crew spent over $120 million in New York City in 2012—the highest total among all continental United States portswhich is an increase of over 30% since 2009 when spending totaled $93.8 million. The largest spending categories for embarking passengers were hotel accommodations at over $41 million and food and beverages at over $18.2 million. Spending was broken out into three categories: 
      • Embarking passengers were the largest spenders with an estimated $100 million in direct spending 
      • Crew spending totaled $18.8 million 
      • Transit passenger spending totaled $3.1 million
  • Beginning in May 2012, the Disney Magic made New York City its homeport, sailing 20 cruises from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Disney was one of six major cruise lines to make New York City its homeport in 2012, joining Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Holland America at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, and Cunard and Princess at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
  • In May of 2013, Norwegian Cruise Line’s new state-of-the-art, 4,000 passenger ship, Norwegian Breakaway, will make New York City its year-round home port. The Norwegian Breakaway will become the largest ship ever to call in New York City.

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