• Next year, more than 14 ships will make more than 185 departures out of New York, which was once a busy harbor for passenger ships but which has been relatively idle in recent decades. New York to Bermuda itineraries seem to be picking up.

  • More cruise lines are sailing for Alaska from Seattle, a big boon for meeting planners tired of dealing with customs issues in Vancouver, B.C., the usual home port.

  • Baltimore, Portland, Boston, Charleston, New Orleans, Galveston, Philadelphia, and Tampa are seeing more cruise line traffic. “They [Cruise lines] received such positive response to the use of these ports, which place cruises within driving distance of more residents, that they are increasing the number of departures from those locations,” says Bob Sharak, executive director and vice president of marketing and business development for CLIA.