Cruise Ship Economic Summary

New York is the fifth of top ten cruise ports having hosted 586,000 U.S. embarkations during 2012. It generated $1.24 billion in direct spending through 857,000 cruise visits.  The city’s cruise ship industry created 16,342 jobs with $944 million in income.

The industry’s ability to continue to sustain and grow these kinds of economic benefits is at risk as outside forces impact New York including competitive efforts from other eastern seaboard port cities to lure visitors, escalating fuel costs and the restrictive berthing policies of destination vacation ports.