New ship-builds are being announced and existing ladies are maneuvered around the U.S. and the world on a regular basis. Philadelphia, the ninth largest East Coast Cruise Home Port in 2006, has experienced passenger declines ever since. Then, in 2010 (to today), Philadelphia is a major East Coast port city without a cruise ship calling it home.
On our Facebook Page last Saturday, we polled our fans and asked “what city should be home port to the next cruise ship?” Philadelphia, or as many called it, “Philly”, was the top response. We wanted to know why Philadelphia is left without a cruise ship, so we did a little research, and here is what we found:
Medium-size, 2,400-passenger ocean liners have moved to Europe and European cruises because of the better value of the dollar. And the industry is moving to bigger ships that carry 4,500 to 5,000 passengers. Today’s mega-ships cannot get under the Delaware Memorial Bridge
- Baltimore, Bayonne, N.J., and New York have become much more competitive, increasing the number of cruises they offer, including those to Bermuda
- Philadelphia’s location 100 miles up the Delaware River has always been a constraint because cruise ships cannot open up their gambling operations until they get out to the ocean
- It’s faster to get to the ocean from New York, Baltimore and Bayonne.
Reference: The Philadelphia Inquirer