New York Rivals Florida as Favorite
Homeport for Cruise Lines
by Roy Witman © 2008
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in
the world, New York is a sought-after vacation spot in
its own right. In recent years, however, cruise lines
have discovered the benefits - for their guests and
themselves - of calling New York home.
Norwegian Cruise Line was one of the first cruise
lines to temporarily homeport a ship (the Norwegian
Dawn) in New York during winter. According to Andy
Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line's Executive Vice
President of Marketing, Sales and Passenger
Services; docking in New York started as a result of
travel agent requests. What was then considered a
wildcard location soon became the permanent
residence of the Dawn in 2003. What has resulted is a
small fleet of ships from varying cruise lines that have
chosen to move several of their vessels further up the
The Queen Mary 2 followed suit when it named
New York as homeport on April 22, 2004. This
distinctive vessel was received amid a huge fanfare
including a mayoral welcome complete with a U.S.
Coastguard and Fire Department of New York escort.
Bands, dignitaries and hordes of people attended the
Holland America announced New York as the
homeport of its cruise ship, the Noordam, which took
up residence February 22, 2006. Norwegian moved
the Spirit from Florida to her new home in New York.
And Princess Cruise Line joined the lineup with the
positioning of Crown Princess in New York back on
June 14, 2006. But why move? And why to New
Ports in Florida have become almost full while
cruise lines are continuing to build ships to add to their
fleets. This supply and demand dilemma has all but
forced cruise lines to look for alternative avenues of
serving guests while maintaining costs. At the same
time, cruise lines need to be able to continue
providing viable access for vacationers to the most
popular ports of call. Because of New York's central
location and popularity, it offers local attractions equal
to or better than those of Florida. With three airports -
JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International -
New York also provides more accessible travel
accommodations for those flying in to meet their
Vacationers benefit with exciting pre- or post-
cruise holidays in a town that literally offers everything
imaginable. From five-star, celebrity-owned
restaurants to entertainment that sets a worldwide
standard to a shopping experience unmatched in any
other city, New York has a heavy draw with cruisers.
Plus the presence of nearby hotels that fit every
budget makes finding and booking accommodations
Cruise lines appreciate the fact that they can now
offer departures from a second desirable location.
Plus, because of New York's proximity, cruise lines are
still able to offer competitively priced packages to the
most popular destinations including the Caribbean
and Mexico while, at the same time, offering added
flexibility for their guests.
Read more about Cruises from New York.
Read more about Norwegian Cruise Line.
Read more about Cunard Cruise Lines.
Read more about Holland America Cruise.