Close to home cruise ports are one that cruise passengers are increasingly choosing. According to CLIA, the official organization of cruise ships, this is a trend of constant growth. Approach cruise ships close to home give cruise passengers much more choice and eliminates the hassle of an elevated airport.
Cruisers have caught on to this trend of cruise ships that use cruise ports close to home and place their ships up and down the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf of Mexico. This allows cruise passengers the opportunity to travel by car, train or bus to the cruise dock. It will also save you money by not buying expensive airline tickets. With money saved on airline tickets, cruise passengers can choose the price of a cabin, a luxury cruise, or more money to spend at their destinations.
The following is a description of the various cruise lines now offered to cruise passengers on the East Coast. We will be heading to Florida as it is by far the most popular boarding port for cruise passengers.
Miami is the busiest of all ports on the East Coast. Miami is a world-class attraction that offers incredible beaches, the Art Deco department of Miami Beach, a wide variety of culture and wonderful food. Leaving this port repeatedly, it is one of the most efficient ports.
Following is Fort Lauderdale, which many cruise passengers choose as a departure port. It has miles of beautiful beaches, the trendy Los Olas neighborhood, and many elegant restaurants. More than eight cruise ships can depart on Saturday and Sunday at Port Everglades. If you have time for your cruise adventure, head out to the Everglades and embark on an airline tour of this spectacular nature reserve.
Along the coast is Port Canaveral. It's called the Space Coast and has many attractions, including all of Orlando's theme parks. If you can, visit the fascinating space center along with the Astronaut House of Fame. This port does not have as many cruises as the previous ports, but it is a viable option for people across Florida and neighboring states who want to cruise the Canaveral Harbor.
North is Jacksonville Harbor. They only offer one cruise ship, but it is very convenient for anyone living in the area. They have a very mild climate, so all sports are available. There are also the Crummer Gardens and Museum.
Across Florida is the port of Tampa. There are also many attractions here, including Ybor City, the World Cigar of Cigars, Busch Gardens and towards the center of the National Cypress Gardens. It rebuilt a $ 6.5 million terminal, which more than doubled. Tampa Harbor cruises are located in the central Florida west coast
Keep going along the East Coast to Charleston, South Carolina. There are two cruise lines at the Port of Charleston that take cruise passengers to Bermuda or the Caribbean. Nothing beats the southern charm and taste of the city of Charleston, which is conveniently close to the tour for you, before your cruise to Port Charleston. Tour beautiful streets and estates like Boone Hall or Magnolia Plantation. If you have the time, head to Fort Sumter National Monument for an interesting tour of the Civil War memorial.
In the fall of 2006, the Port of Norfolk, Virginia, will offer several cruise lines for the cruise passenger to choose from. Norfolk is loaded with all things navy. Walking the Cannonball Trail you will get a thorough look at Norfolk history. Cruises provide commuter routes to travelers to Bermuda, Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Now, north to Baltimore, Maryland, Inner Harbor. They have a special cruise terminal for all cruise passengers living around the area. The beauty of Chesapeake Bay is well known and some of the most delicious seafood can be found in this port. Don't miss the aquarium with over 10,000 sharks, stretch marks, dolphins and tropical fish.
Right next to the road is the port of Philadelphia for cruise passengers. There are currently two cruise lines offering travelers for Bermuda cruises. Philadelphia is where the Constitution is signed, so don’t miss the Independence Hall and, of course, the Liberty Bell. South Street has lots of fun shops and cafes. There is a 9th street market that is always very colorful. And don’t go on a cruise until you have a cheese steak and an Italian hoagie.
We are still heading north, this time heading to Bayonne, New Jersey to Cruise Port Bayonne Cape Liberty. This is the latest cruise ship terminal and a good choice if you don't want the hassle of New York. Once upon a time Bayonne was home to oil refineries, but now it is the destination for the Port of Bayonne cruises. There is only one shipping line leaving this port, but in a way that is good because there will be less congestion. And it's only 7 miles from New York and three miles from Newark. You will see a stunning view of Lady Liberty and the outline of Manhattan.
Cross the George Washington Bridge and you'll be in lower Manhattan. There are several cruises that offer cruises to this port, including Queen Mary II. You can do a show on Broadway, visit some of the great museums, or visit the Empire State Building. Nothing is as dazzling as sailing from this port near Lady Liberty.
Our last stop is Boston, Massachusett, a circular black fountain terminal located in an industrial center. Cruise passengers are offered cruises to New England and Canada. Fortunately downtown Boston is only a few miles away. This city is so rich in history. Visit the Freedom Trail to see many important historical sites. Don't miss the Faneuil Hall Market and make a small pub jumping, Bostonians favorite pastime.
Well, you can now choose a cruise from your home port, and this is just the East Coast. We will explore the Gulf of Mexico next.
Good luck cruising!
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