Poll Position: ‘Big Game’ Homeports

February 4, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hype was everywhere during the past week as the 49ers geared up to take on the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. Even if you’re not the biggest football fan, you may still be able to appreciate a good commercial or two … or a valid excuse to eat enough to feed a small army.
As we like to do with everything here at Cruise Critic, our goal was to bring it back to our favorite subject: cruising. Whatever the extent of your athletic fandom, we wanted to know which of the Big Game’s cities also offers the best homeport.
What we asked: Which Super Bowl-related city houses the best homeport?
What they said: A strong 27 percent chose New Orleans, the game’s host city. Another 19 percent went with San Francisco, home of the 49ers. A further 9 percent selected Baltimore, where the Ravens are based. A final 45 percent said none of those cities have the best homeport.
What it all means: We’re not surprised that the majority of voters said their favorite homeports are elsewhere — we’re guessing Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the like. But, when it comes to less-frequented options, New Orleans took the cake … er, the trophy. Responses on our Facebook page echoed that sentiment, talking up NOLA’s pre- and post-cruise offerings.
“New Orleans hands down,” says Kevin Hamilton. “I have cruised from a lot of ports and there is no other city like New Orleans to party in pre and post cruise!!”
Pam Rogers agrees: “We loved sailing out of New Orleans – not because the preboarding was all that great but visiting New Orleans is a not to be missed experience pre and post cruise!”
Which city gets your vote? Be sure to leave your feedback in the comments below.
Vote in today’s daily poll here by scrolling to the bottom right.
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