Okay, how many possible cruise ship ports are “missing the boat”? As recently reported by Johanna Jainchill in Travel Weekly:
“New York City’s cruise industry is booming thanks to ongoing investments in our new and improved terminals, and it is important to do everything we can do to make sure that growth creates opportunities for New York City’s businesses,” said EDC President Robert Lieber. “Cruise lines spend an average of $700 million per year stocking their ships, and with an increasing number of ships sailing in and out of New York, we want to capture that business…
New York’s cruise terminals in Brooklyn and Manhattan currently serve 15 cruise lines and more than 1 million passengers annually, the EDC said, and economic impact studies published by the International Council of Cruise Lines show that the cruise industry spent a total of about $500 million in direct purchases, including food and beverage, in New York in 2005, the most recent data collected.
Granted, some of the goods may be bought in other states and trucked to the port cities, but the the economic impact on the port city is huge. So is there any chance that cruise lines will add more ports in the US? Think of the endless possibilities.
A port in Georgia (Savannah), could supply the ship with an unlimited supply of peaches, peanuts and Coca Cola, which would be great because then the ship could have one of those restaurants that let you throw your peanut shells on the floor while you sip your Coke or Fuzzy Navel. An added attraction would be a visit to the Christmas party house we read about in Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil!
South Carolina (e.g., Charleston) could feature soybeans, shrimp, crabs, oysters, and more peaches and peanuts. Hummus and shrimp cocktail, yum! Added attractions, of course, could be Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head.
You get the idea. So let me know your ideas.