Carnival Glory deployment helps Boston cruise port grow

By Tom Stieghorst

Cruiseport Boston finished its summer cruise season with 380,054 passengers, up 23% from the 2011 period.

The addition of Carnival Glory for the summer was the primary reason for the growth. A dozen cruises to Canada in June and July contributed 85,000 passengers to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal's yearly count.

Cruiseport Boston finished its summer cruise season with 380,054 passengers, up 23% from the 2011 period. The addition of Carnival Glory for the summer was the primary reason for the growth. A dozen cruises to Canada in June and July contributed 85,000 passengers to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal's yearly count.

Port officials said 117 cruise ships docked in Boston this year, up 9% from 2011. Homeported ships accounted for 63 calls, while 54 ships stopped in Boston for at least a day.

Deborah Hadden, acting Cruiseport director, said an $11 million upgrade of terminal facilities in 2010 is paying off with more cruise activity.

Nearly 9,000 passengers came to Boston on unscheduled visits as a result of ships being diverted from New York by Hurricane Sandy, port officials said.

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