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BOSTON'S CRUISE ACTIVITY GENERATES $10 MILLION FOR LOCAL ECONOMY IN 1992: FULFILLS PROMISE AS NEW TOURISM NICHE

 BOSTON, Nov. 18 ~PRNewswire~ -- The 1992 cruise season was a winner for the local economy, generating a total economic impact of nearly $11 million -- $1.6 million more than in 1991. Nearly $4 million of that total was expended on transportation and close to $2.5 million on food and lodging.
 "The 1992 season is proof that many of the top cruise lines in the world now recognize that CruisePort Boston knows how to treat their valued customers," explained Massport Executive Director Alden S. Raine. "Their presence on the 1992 schedule reflected continuing confidence in Boston as a premier tourism destination and that confidence translated into positive economic benefits for the local economy."
 The M~S Dreamward, Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, which closed out the 1992 cruise season on Nov. 17, symbolized an industry trend that appears to bring greater economic impact to popular ports-of-call like Boston: fewer but larger ships carrying greater numbers of passengers per call.
 For example, there were only 34 cruise calls in 1992, as compared to 40 cruise calls in 1991. However, the 34 calls in 1992 brought 28,686 people (14,745 of them port-of-call passengers) to Boston, as compared to 19,941 people (13,423 of them port-of-call passengers) arriving on the 40 cruise calls in 1991 -- a 43 percent increase in passenger totals. This 43 percent increase in passengers represented an additional economic impact of $1.6 million over 1991, bringing total economic impact for 1992 to $10.8 million.
 Estimated key visitor expenditures for 1992 included:
 o salaries and benefits $719,615
 o state and local taxes 241,082
 o local transportation 4,101,314
 o lodging 1,191,616
 o food 1,225,146
 o entertainment 306,286
 o miscellaneous 464,866
 Massport marketing plans for 1993 will focus on continuing to attract port-of-call visits, many of them on the increasingly popular U.S. East Coast~Canadian itineraries, as well as on securing homeport opportunities from lines offering Atlantic Canada, Bermuda and transatlantic sailings.
 HARBOR GATEWAY-BLACK FALCON CRUISE TERMINAL
 CRUISE SHIP SCHEDULE -- 1992
 VESSEL~LINE DATE LENGTH DESTINATION
 Zenith~Celebrity 3~15-16 2 days Maiden Voyage
 Europa Hapag Lloyd 6~25-26 2 days Port of Call
 M~V Royal Majesty TBA Maiden Voyage
 Trade Show
 M~V Fedor
 Dostojevskiy 9~1-2 2 days Port of Call
 S.S. Meridian~
 Celebrity 9~07 6 nights
 embarkation Bermuda
 M~V Royal Princess
 Princess Cruise 9~10 1 day Port of Call
 Line
 Crystal Harmony 9~11 1 day Port of Call
 S.S. Meridian~
 Celebrity 9~13 7 nights Bermuda
 embarkation
 Queen Elizabeth II 9~17 1 day Port of Call
 Cunard Lines
 Royal Viking Sun 9~17 1 day Port of Call
 Royal Viking Line
 Seabourn Pride 9~18 14 nights~ East Coast
 Seabourn Cruise Line embarkation N.E.~Canada
 S.S. Meridian~
 Celebrity 9~20 Return To Sea
 M~V Royal Princess 9~26 1 day Port of Call
 Princess Cruise
 Lines
 Crystal Harmony 9~27 1 day Port of Call
 M~S Arcona 9~28 1 Day Port of Call
 DSR Line
 M~S Royal Odyssey 9~28 1 Day Port of Call
 M~V Royal Princess 9~30 1 Day Port of Call
 Princess Cruise Lines
 Crystal Harmony 10~1 1 Day Port of Call
 Royal Viking Sun 10~1 1 Day Port of Call
 Royal Viking Line
 Seabourn Pride 10~2 14 Nights~ East Coast
 Seabourn Cruise Line Embarkation N.E.~Canada
 Royal Viking Sun 10~5 1 Day Port of Call
 Royal Viking Line
 M~V Sagafjord 10~9 1 Day Port of Call
 Cunard Lines
 M~S Royal Odyssey 10~12 1 Day Port of Call
 Seabourn Pride 10~16 14 Nights~ East Coast
 Seabourn Cruise Line Embarkation N.E.~Canada
 M~V Royal Princess 10~16 1 Day Port of Call
 Princess Cruise Lines
 Crystal Harmony 10~17 1 Day Port of Call
 Royal Viking Sun 10~19 1 Day Port of Call
 Royal Viking Line
 Europa 10~26 1 Day Port of Call
 Hapag Lloyd
 M~S Royal Odyssey 10~26 1 Day Port of Call
 M~S Dreamward 11~17-18 1 Day Port of Call
 Norwegian Cruise Lines
 (a) -- Revised Feb. 27, 1992
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 ~CONTACT: Lana Shanbar Razdan of Massport, 617-973-5757~


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