GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA
March 10, 2011
City set to greet 23 ships
By Francis X. Quinn
Tourism promoters say Gloucester expects this year to at least double the number of cruise ship visits that have marked a good season in the past.
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce chief Bob Hastings said Wednesday that 2011 bookings have reached 23 so far, “and we anticipate more.”
The potential economic impact on the city and its shop owners and restaurateurs is a positive feature not lost on those tracking the dollars-and-cents aspects of being a high-end destination for vacationers.
But there are intangibles, too, Hastings noted.
“It basically tells the world you’ve arrived,” Hastings says. “You’re a place worth visiting.”
First in port is expected to be the Holland America Maasdam for a day-long stop on April 28.
That visit will precede a string of smaller American Cruise Line arrivals clustered in mid-summer.
Later in the season more big ships are scheduled to come in carrying thousands of passengers drawn in large part by the promise of premier New England foliage. Read the rest of this article here.
This is very good news for the city of Gloucester and all of Cape Ann. These cruises bring tourists who spend on average of $300 when they come to port. Of the 23 ships coming to Gloucester this year booked so far, they vary in size. There are smaller cruise ships that hold just 149 passengers up to 936 footers with 11 decks that hold 2,100 passengers.
The Cruise-port at Gloucester seems to be growing at a rapid pace. In 2009, just three cruises came into port. In 2010, it went up to 10, and now in 2011 it is at least up to 23. This bodes well for small businesses, boutiques and restaurants in Gloucester and the surrounding communities. Some locals may not like the idea of Gloucester becoming a bustling tourist destination, but there is no doubt the money it brings in is good for the city.
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