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A Silver Anniversary Dawns at Cruiseport Boston Larger Bermuda Ship and Massport’s Renovated Terminal Kick Off 25th Season
BOSTON – This year, Cruiseport Boston is celebrating its 25th “Berthday” with a newly renovated terminal and larger Bermuda ship, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced today.
Massport opened the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal on May 29, 1986, and that year 13 cruise ships called with a total of 11,723 passengers. This year, 16 cruise lines will call Boston. In all, more than 100 ships are expected to bring more than 300,000 passengers to the terminal in what should be a fifth consecutive record-breaking year.
The silver anniversary gets into full swing later today when the newly home-based Norwegian Dawn sails out for the first of 22 weekly Bermuda cruises. The 2,224 passenger ship is 10% bigger than her predecessor Norwegian Spirit, and recently underwent significant renovations. Last fall, Massport officials unveiled their own multi-million dollar upgrades to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, which modernized it from a vintage World War I military warehouse, into a hip new point of departure for ocean-going vacationers.
“Boston-Bermuda cruising has proved to be a huge growth market for us and a popular vacation destination for New Englanders,” said Thomas J. Kinton, Jr. Massport’s CEO & Executive Director. “Since 2006 the number of passengers taking a Bermuda cruise has jumped nearly 60 percent. Norwegian Cruise Line has responded to this increased demand by repositioning larger and larger ships to Boston. Norwegian Dawn is our third upgrade in the last four years.”
Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its Freestyle Cruising® which gives guests the flexibility and freedom to create their own schedules onboard. The 15-deck Norwegian Dawn was launched in 2002 and boasts more than 1,000 ocean view staterooms - more than half with private balconies. Norwegian Dawn also offers 5,000 square-foot garden villas with spectacular panoramic views of the ocean, open-air dining, Jacuzzi and private sunning and relaxation areas. Additionally, Norwegian Dawn features 10 restaurants, 11 bars and lounges, two pools, extensive children’s and teen facilities, a sports deck, casino, fitness center and spa.
“Cruising from Boston just got better with the arrival today of Norwegian Dawn,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Norwegian Dawn fresh from a multi-million dollar refurbishment, paired with the $11 million makeover to the Black Falcon Cruise terminal, will offer an exceptional cruise experience for guests sailing from Boston this summer and fall.”
Major highlights of Norwegian Dawn’s enhancements include 58 new staterooms available later in the season, flat-screen TVs in every stateroom broadcasting on a digital signal, Moderno Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse that will serve skewered meats tableside, a new casino layout and renovated club areas for kids and teens.
“We are thrilled to welcome Norwegian Dawn to Boston,” said Mike Leone, Massport’s Port Director. “The completion of our renovations came just in time for this year’s cruise season which enhanced terminal aesthetics and passenger amenities, and created a separate security checkpoint and ticketing area for departing passengers”
In addition to the Bermuda sailings, Norwegian Dawn will sail a special two-night Cruise to Nowhere Oct. 28-30. Another highlight at Cruiseport Boston this season will be the maiden visit by Cunard’s newest ship Queen Elizabeth on Sep. 22.
Cruiseport Boston’s 2011 season runs from April through October offering an attractive mix of cruises to Bermuda, Canada & New England, Europe and the Caribbean. Cruiseport Boston’s business is roughly 60 percent port of call and 40 percent originating cruise.
Last year, for a fourth consecutive year, Cruiseport Boston set a new passenger record with more than 300,000 travelers coming through the port, a seven percent increase over 2009. Massport officials expect to surpass that mark again this year.
Cruiseport Boston serves as an economic engine for the region. According to a 2010 report by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), cruise industry spending generated about 7,157 jobs and $407 million in income for Massachusetts’ workers through direct, indirect, and induced impact. It is estimated that passengers and crew spent $22 million in Boston last year. Massachusetts accounted for more than $459 million in cruise industry direct spending in 2009, a 6 percent increase over 2008. The state ranks ninth nationally for economic impact from the cruise industry, rising from 11th in 2008. (Florida is first.)
Cruiseport Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is located just 10 minutes from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) and Routes 1 and 93. It is also conveniently located just 10 minutes from Boston Logan International Airport and downtown Boston. Cruiseport Boston offers an attractive mix of cruises to Bermuda, Canada & New England, Europe and the Caribbean. Each year more than a 300,000 passengers use Cruiseport Boston. You can find us on Facebook at facebook.com/cruiseportboston or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/cruiseboston.
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities. ~Seaports Deliver Prosperity~