Port of the Year 2012: Why NYC?
NYCruise recently won the prestigious “Port of the Year” Award at this year’s Seatrade Med Cruise Convention in Marseille, France for New York City's world-class ship terminals. So why does NYC deserve to be called Port of the Year? The honor reflects the more than $255 million NYCruise invested over the last five years in renovations to its terminals, transforming New York City into one of the premier cruising ports in the world. The improvements have proven to be successful and here are the top 10 reasons why NYCruise can be called Port of the Year:
- The cruise industry generated a total economic impact of $239 million for New York City in 2011 – a new record!
- In 2011, there were over 632,000 combined embarking and transit passengers, nearly 50,000 more than in 2010.
- Cruise passengers as well as crew spent approximately $150 million in New York City in 2011.
- In May 2012, the Disney Magic made its New York City debut.
- In April 2012, the Carnival Miracle made New York City its year-round homeport, making it the third major cruise ship to call year-round in New York City.
- Norwegian Cruise Line announced that when its new ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, is complete, it will make New York City its year-round homeport beginning in May 2013.
- To accommodate larger ships including the Norwegian Breakaway, NYCruise is investing an additional $4 million for new passenger boarding bridges.
The East Coast’s first shore power connection is being installed at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which will reduce emissions and help make NYC the greenest cruise port on the East Coast.
- In 2011, Cruise Insights awarded NYCruise the Most Efficient Terminal Operation, Best Turnaround Port Operations, Most Improved Port Facilities (Pier 88), Most Efficient Port Services, and the Best Destination Experience (Independent Sightseeing).
While both cruise terminals were heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Manhattan Cruise Terminal has resumed its operations and Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will reopen later this month.
New York City is the premier destination for cruise passengers with an endless array of attractions from parks to museums, shopping to nightlife, theater to dining, and more. Come see for yourself why NYCruise is the port of the year. Will you be planning your next cruise adventure out of New York City?