Brooklyn To Give Berth To New Cruise Line Home
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) today announced a landmark deal, which will see two of Carnival Corporation’s premiere cruise lines – including the magnificent Queen Mary 2 - making Red Hook, Brooklyn their home. P&O Princess Cruises International, which operates both Princess and Cunard brands, will relocate ship calls from the New York Cruise Terminal on the westside of Manhattan to Pier 12 in Red Hook, beginning in April 2006.
“This agreement marks another significant milestone in Mayor Bloomberg’s Master Plan to make New York City a major hub for the cruise industry and his commitment to create hundreds of high-quality jobs along the Brooklyn Waterfront,” EDC President Andrew M. Alper said. “Brooklyn has undergone a tremendous renaissance in recent years, and we’re thrilled to have a hand in investing in the industrial and commercial redevelopment along the waterfront. Red Hook is the perfect gateway for these ships to make their way into New York Harbor. With world class terminal facilities on the way, New York City will continue to be a sought-after cruise home port for years to come.”
"We appreciate the effort made by the City of New York to better accommodate cruise ships and their passengers, and we're looking forward to being the inaugural tenant of this brand new development," Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations for Princess Cruises and Cunard Lines Dean Brown, said. "What better way to launch this brand new port than with two prominent ships - Princess' new Crown Princess which will debut there for her maiden season, and the world's largest ocean liner, the renowned Queen Mary 2."
“Princess is one of the most exciting cruise lines in the world and I can attest from personal experience that the food is outrageous,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said. “Bringing the cruise industry to Brooklyn has been one of my top priorities. I look forward to welcoming the Princess and Cunard Lines and the tens of thousands of world travelers who will dock at Brooklyn’s historic waterfront. It all adds up to more jobs, more growth opportunities for Brooklyn businesses and entrepreneurs, and a huge boost for Brooklyn tourism.”
“Bringing Princess and Cunard to Brooklyn is part of our long-term effort to create maritime jobs and transform the Brooklyn waterfront into a thriving commercial district while keeping an eye toward history and preserving its unique culture and vitality,” EDC Executive Vice President for Infrastructure Kate Ascher said. “Numerous Brooklyn residents will have the opportunity to work at this terminal, and thousands of travelers will get to experience not only a first-class terminal but also all the wonderful neighborhoods, restaurants and entertainment possibilities that Brooklyn has to offer.”
Construction of the Brooklyn terminal is progressing rapidly with pier reinforcements, bollard and fender installation, steel repair, dock work and utility installation already begun. Construction contracts to renovate the existing pier shed into a modern cruise terminal will be executed this summer. Site improvements, including construction of a new internal roadway, 500-car parking facility, taxi and bus drop-off areas, and landscaping improvements will begin in the fall.
In April 2004, Mayor Bloomberg announced the City’s $200 million Master Plan to create three modern cruise ship berths at the New York Cruise Terminal and one berth in Brooklyn in the next four years. Based on current projections of the industry’s growth, it is anticipated that an additional berth will be needed in Brooklyn within the next five years. The City has already reached long-term agreements with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Carnival Corporation, two of the world’s largest cruise companies, which require them to bring at least 13 million passengers to New York City and pay the City more than $200 million in port charges through 2017. In return, the City committed to give each line fee reductions and preferential berths on specific piers and provided incentives to promote growth beyond current projections.
Nearly 900,000 passengers came through the New York Cruise Terminal in 2004, up from an average of 400,000 in the 1990s. Volumes are forecast to increase to 1.5 million passengers by 2017. EDC estimates that the cruise industry supports more than 3,300 jobs and has total economic activity of about $600 million, which is expected to grow to $1.2 billion by 2014.
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. EDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. EDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities.