Tweet (11:30 a.m. EDT) -- Now that the newly refurbished Cruiseport Boston terminal has been launched, passengers setting sail from Beantown may be wondering what's in it for them. The answer: more space, more seats -- and more windows. On Friday, officials unveiled the revamped terminal, which set Massport, Massachusetts' port authority, back $11 million.
A press release from Massport says the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, a former World War I military warehouse, has been expanded to include three times as much space as the facility offered previously. Also added were new escalators and elevators, curbside baggage check-in, and picture windows on the building's third floor, which now boasts an additional 60,000 square feet of space for a larger number of passenger screening windows and seating.
What does this mean for passengers? Before the building was expanded, passengers waiting to embark had to stay outside of the terminal until all disembarking passengers were cleared, due to a lack of space. The facility is now able to handle both incoming and outgoing groups of travelers at the same time.
"We are delighted with the new space Massport created at the cruise terminal, and are confident embarking cruise passengers will love the bright and spacious interior of the third floor departure area," says Kevin Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, which has a ship -- Norwegian Spirit -- homeporting from there.
Holland America's Maasdam and Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas also call Boston home.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association, cruise travel created more than 7,000 new jobs and generated nearly $460 million in direct spending in Massachusetts last year.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor
Boston's Revamped Cruise Terminal: What Does It Mean for You?
October 13, 2010