(The following is a reformatted version of a press release      
issued by the Office of the Mayor of New York and received via  
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.       
Michael Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of          
Bloomberg, LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News)             
March 13, 2013
No. 93 
Over 587,000 Passengers Spent More Than $120 Million in New York City Last 
Year, Exceeding All Other Continental U.S. Ports 
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that New York City’s cruise industry 
generated a total economic impact of nearly $200 million in 2012. The 2012 
Economic Impact Study, conducted by the New York City Economic Development 
Corporation, detailed an increase in passengers of 32 percent since 2009, when 
the City first began analyzing industry data. These passengers, along with 
crew, spent more than $120 million in New York City last year, an increase of 
more than 30 percent since 2009, and overall, the new study showed significant 
growth in all sectors of the city’s cruise industry during this time. With a 
nearly 40 percent increase in ship calls and a 30 percent increase in spending 
over the last four years, the study’s findings confirm that cruise continues to 
be an important component of the city’s tourism industry and overall economy.  
Tourism, which brought a record 52 million visitors to the City in 2012 who 
collectively spent $36.9 billion, is the city’s fifth largest industry, 
impacting 356,000 local jobs across all five boroughs. 
“These numbers confirm that the our critical investments and ongoing efforts to 
support and grow the cruise industry are paying off,” said Mayor Bloomberg. 
“Last year, a record number of 52 million visitors came to New York City – many 
of them by cruise ship – leading to additional jobs, increased spending, and 
providing a major boost to our economy.” 
“Under Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership, the tourism industry in New York City has 
become an important driver of economic growth and job creation,” said Deputy 
Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel. “The cruise industry is an 
important part of the sector’s growth. More ship calls means more spending by 
passengers and crew, and that’s good news for the city’s economy.” 
“The cruise industry in New York City is an increasingly important part of our 
City’s successful effort to attract record numbers of visitors, and to grow our 
overall economy,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President 
Seth W. Pinsky. “Thanks to the attention paid to this industry by the Mayor and 
his Administration and our strong partnership with some of the world's leading 
cruise lines – including those now-making New York City their home port – the 
future of this industry in our City remains bright.” 
“The successful expansion of New York City’s cruise industry has helped us 
attract record tourism to our City while creating more opportunities for pre- 
and post-cruise visits throughout the five boroughs,” said NYC & Company CEO 
George Fertitta. 
New York City ranks among the nation’s top five cruise ports in embarking 
passengers due its dining, shopping, entertainment, cultural and lodging 
options.  In 2012, there were 251 ship calls at the Manhattan and Brooklyn 
Cruise Terminals, up from 181 in 2009. Total passengers increased from 445,718 
in 2009 to 587,727 in 2012. Spending by passengers and crew increased from 
$93.8 million in 2009 to $121.5 million in 2012, which is the highest total 
among all continental United States ports, and second only in the country to 
Spending was broken out into three categories: embarking passengers, who began 
their cruise in New York City; transit passengers, who took cruises that 
stopped in the city; and crew.  Embarking passengers were the largest spenders 
with an estimated $100 million in direct spending, followed by on shore crew 
spending at $18.8 million, and transit passenger spending at $3.1 million. The 
largest spending categories for embarking passengers were hotel accommodations 
at over $41 million and food and beverages at over $18.2 million. 
The majority of cruise passengers continue to come from outside the City. These 
passengers often arrange stays at a New York City hotel prior to or following 
their cruise, leading to the highest ever average spending per passenger at 
$462 during a two night stay.  NYC & Company last year launched a new cruise 
microsite at<> that 
includes information for consumers on the City’s cruise terminals as well as 
local events and suggested pre-cruise and post-cruise itineraries. 
Beginning in May 2012, the Disney Magic made New York City its homeport, 
sailing 20 cruises from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Disney was one of six 
major cruise lines to make New York City its homeport in 2012, joining Carnival 
Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Holland America at the Manhattan Cruise 
Terminal, and Cunard and Princess at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. In May of 
2013, Norwegian Cruise Line’s new state-of-the-art, 4,000 passenger ship, 
Norwegian Breakaway, will make New York City its year-round home port. The 
Norwegian Breakaway will become the largest ship ever to call in New York City. 
Supporting the cruise industry is part of the Waterfront Vision and Enhancement 
Strategy, a sustainable blueprint for New York City’s waterfront and waterways 
launched by Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn in May 2011. To reconnect New 
Yorkers and visitors to the water and reclaim New York City’s standing as a 
premier waterfront city, the plan will transform the City’s waterfront with new 
parks, new industrial activities and new housing, and it will capitalize on the 
City’s waterways to promote water-borne transportation, recreation, maritime 
activity and natural habitats. The plan has two components: a three-year action 
agenda comprised of 130 funded projects, including the development of more than 
50 acres of new waterfront parks, creation of 14 new waterfront esplanades and 
introduction of new commuter ferry service; and the Vision 2020: New York City 
Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, a framework for the City’s 520 miles of 
shoreline for the next decade and beyond. The 130 action agenda projects are 
expected to create 13,000 construction jobs and at least 3,400 permanent 
maritime and industrial jobs. It is the first citywide plan for the waterfront 
in nearly two decades and the first ever comprehensive plan for the waterways 
Full results of the study are available for download at . 
Contact:          Marc La Vorgna / Julie Wood             (212) 788-2958 
Patrick Muncie/Ian Fried (NYCEDC)       (212) 312-3523 
Stay Connected:                                                             
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.