NYC Cruise Terminals Recognized as Nation's Best
Terminals Named ‘Best U.S. Homeport,’ ‘Best New US Port’ and ‘Best Turnaround Port,’ by Travel Magazines and Premier Cruise Line.
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced that New York City’s two cruise terminals were honored with three awards by two travel publications and one of the nation’s premier cruise lines. The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal was selected as ‘Best New U.S. Homeport’ by Porthole Cruise Magazine and ‘Best Turnaround Port’ by Princess Cruise Lines, while the Brooklyn and Manhattan Cruise Terminals were together chosen by the editors at TravelAge West as ‘Best U.S. Homeport.’ The awards follow the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal’s first season of operation and ongoing investments in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, both of which paved the way for more than one million passengers to come through the City's cruise facilities for the first time ever in 2006.
“The Bloomberg Administration is committed to diversifying the City’s economy and further promoting our tourism sector, and creating world-class cruise terminals, like the new one in Brooklyn, is one of the ways we’re doing that,” said NYCEDC President Robert C. Lieber. “As accommodating as the terminals are, it’s what New York City offers before and after you board the ship that has attracted record numbers of cruise travelers, and we’re expecting even bigger things in the future. It’s terrific that the industry is recognizing that New York City has become a prime place for cruise travel.”
“Brooklynites are incredibly proud that the years of hard work making the dream of our new cruise terminal a reality have been rewarded with such prestigious recognition,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “In addition to the terminal signaling long-term investment in Red Hook and our working waterfront, Brooklyn welcomes with open arms the thousands of visitors to see our sights and experience first-hand the Brooklyn attitude of warmth and hospitality.”
“Few experiences can match traveling into New York’s Harbor District, and we are thrilled to have this recognition from the cruise industry,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “The new and revamped Brooklyn and Manhattan Cruise Terminals are world-class gateways to New York City, and their success plays an important part of our effort to strengthen the City’s tourism industry and attract 50 million tourists by 2015.”
The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal opened in April 2006 and is located in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn directly across from Governors Island, with views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The $56 million terminal serves as Carnival Corporation’s berth of choice in the New York region for its Princess and Cunard lines and is uniquely situated within 12 miles from LaGuardia Airport, 16 miles from Newark International Airport and 20 miles from JFK International Airport. Brooklyn Cruise Terminal saw 41 ship calls and 186,000 passengers in 2006 and about 52 ship calls and 225,000 passengers are expected in 2007.
“We’re pleased to present Princess’ annual ‘Best Turnaround Port’ award to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which recognizes the efforts of all those who were a part of the development of this new facility and also those who worked so diligently last year on the successful handling of the Princess ships and Queen Mary 2,” said Dean Brown, Executive Vice President, Shore Operations for Princess Cruises and Cunard Line. “We have over 30 turnaround ports around the world and so this is quite a distinction.”
“The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is a wonderful addition to the cruise industry,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine. “With its convenient location, cruise passengers have plenty to explore before or after their cruise. And you can't beat the views of downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge when your ship is docked in Red Hook.”
Renovations are underway at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal so it too can accommodate today’s larger ships and provide an enhanced passenger experience. Prior to the completion of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the City had limited capacity to handle today’s larger post-Panamax ships. Once renovations in Manhattan are complete, the City will be able to handle four post-Panamax ships at one time – three in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. Renovations are underway in phases, with the first phase expected to be completed by Spring 2008.
“Our Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence Awards are designed to give the travel agent in the West the ability to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their partners in the industry,” said Ken Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of TravelAge West. “Review methods include product analysis, on-site visits, a reader survey and online research. So each Editor’s Pick goes through a rigorous selection process. The combination of facilities, location and attractions, make New York City’s cruise terminals one of the premier homeports in the world.”
The opening of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and infrastructure improvements made at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal has fostered New York City’s cruise industry’s record growth in the past several years. In April 2004, the City reached unprecedented agreements with two of the world’s largest cruise companies, Carnival Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Lines, which call for the cruise lines to bring at least 13 million passengers to New York City through 2017 and to pay the City at least $200 million in port charges to support the City’s investment in improving its cruise facilities. The cruise industry supports more than 3,300 direct and indirect jobs in the City, and generates total economic activity of about $600 million per year. That is expected to grow to $1.2 billion per year by 2014. In 2007, more than 1.1 million cruise passengers are expected to travel through New York City.
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC 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.