Miracle on 12th Avenue

Tom Spina, Director of Cruise Operations for New York City Economic Development

Today, there were two miracles on New York’s 12th Avenue. The first was Carnival Miracle, docked at Manhattan’s Pier 90. In fact, Miracle will have a permanent home at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal beginning in April 2012, when she begins year-round Caribbean (and Bahamas) cruises from New York. Miracle represents Carnival Cruise Lines’ first year-round sailings from New York.

The second miracle was for Tom Spina, director of cruise operations for New York City Economic Development. This morning, Spina and his team managed to put six cruise line presidents on stage for the Cruise Canada New England 2011 Symposium.

The take-away for avid cruisers: Expect more emphasis on cruising from the Northeast, especially cruises originating from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

In addition to Carnival’s new sailings, Disney Cruise Line will cruise from New York in 2012. Princess Cruises, Cunard Line and NCL also have a huge presence in New York.

Pictured far left, Anne Kalosh, the U.S. editor for Seatrade Cruise Review, moderated the panel of the six cruise line presidents, pictured from left to right: Daniel J. Hanrahan, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises; Peter Shanks, President & Managing Director, Cunard Line; Kevin Sheehan, CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line; Charles Robertson, President, American Cruise Lines; Gregg Michel, President & CEO, Crystal Cruises; Rick Sasso, President & CEO, MSC Cruises

Avid cruisers, is cruising from New York on your radar this year or next?  And for those of you who have cruised from New York, can you recall the experience of sailing into – or out of – this great city?

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