More than 300,000 passengers took a cruise into or out of Boston this 12 months, a “strong rebound” for the town terminal after a two-year hiatus introduced on by the pandemic.
The Massachusetts Port Authority stated 56 homeport vessels sailed out of Flynn Cruiseport Boston this 12 months, and there have been 72 port of calls.
“We were thrilled to see that the demand for cruising continues to be strong as we work to support the recovery of travel and tourism in New England,” stated Massport Port Director Joseph Morris.
“Boston has grown as both a homeport and destination port of call for multiple cruise lines, and we look forward to expanding our itineraries for customers in the future.”
A complete of 128 cruise ships carried 310,767 passengers this 12 months in Boston. This represents roughly 77% of pre-pandemic ranges seen in 2019, when the Cruiseport served a file 402,346 passengers on 138 ships, Massport stated.
Despite the general dip, Massport stated passenger demand was increased in October this 12 months than 2019, and a “record number” of homeport ships have been seen this 12 months, with 5 vessels from 4 totally different cruise strains. The cruise season runs from April to mid-November.
“Our first season homeporting in Boston was a great success, and we can’t wait to build on it for the 2023 season,” stated Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises president and CEO.
“As a native of the Boston area, I’m thrilled to see the region thrive and congratulate all of the teams within the Massachusetts Port Authority on a truly stellar year.”
Cruising from Boston generates greater than $135 million in annual financial impression and helps greater than 2,200 jobs.
It advantages “hundreds” of companies all through the area, from transportation suppliers and eating places, to vacationer sights, airways and accommodations, memento outlets, and provisioning corporations that offer the ship, Massport stated.
According to Massport, Boston is well-known within the cruise trade for having among the finest airport to cruiseport proximities within the U.S., as a result of close by Logan International Airport.
This allowed for a number of new itineraries this season that both began or resulted in Boston, akin to a 12-day Celebrity Summit one-way cruise from Boston to the Caribbean that resulted in Miami in October.
Massport celebrated 12 maiden voyages to Boston this 12 months, from cruise strains like Norwegian, Holland America, Carnival and Princess Cruises. The Cruiseport supported itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Greenland/Iceland and Denmark from 19 totally different cruise strains.
It additionally welcomed its first hybrid ship, the MS Roald Amundsen, from Hurtigruten. The battery-supported vessel can maintain 530 passengers and 160 crew members, in accordance with Massport.