The Massachusetts Port Authority saw cruise business bounce back this year with 310,767 passengers and 128 cruise ships visiting Flynn Cruiseport Boston in 2022.
The port hosted a record five homeported ships from four cruise lines this year, and had more passengers and ships visit in October than during the same month in 2019. Boston’s cruise industry generated more than $135 million in annual economic impact and supported over 2,200 jobs. Prior to the pandemic, Flynn Cruiseport Boston served a record 402,346 passengers on 138 ships in 2019.
“We were thrilled to see that the demand for cruising continues to be strong as we work to support the recovery of travel and tourism in New England,” said Massport Port Director Joseph Morris. “Boston has grown as both a homeport and destination port of call for multiple cruise lines, and we look forward to expanding our itineraries for customers in the future.”
Boston’s 2022 cruise season started in April and ended before Thanksgiving. The city celebrated 12 maiden voyages to Boston, including Norwegian Pearl, Nieuw Statendam, Carnival Legend, Enchanted Princess, and Sky Princess.
The port supported itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Greenland and Iceland, and Denmark from 19 different cruise brands. The facility also welcomed its first hybrid cruise ship, Hurtigruten’s MSC Roald Amundsen.
Boston is known in the cruise industry for having one of the closest airports to its cruise port. This season, the port served several new itineraries that either started or ended in Boston. In October, Celebrity Summit offered a 12-day, one-way cruise from Boston to the Caribbean, ending in Miami. Vantage Cruise Line’s Ocean Explorer departed Boston in October for a 10-day cruise along the east coast to Nassau, Bahamas. In September, Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas offered a 14-day Arctic Crossing cruise that started in Copenhagen and ended in Boston.
“Our first season homeporting in Boston was a great success and we can’t wait to build on it for the 2023 season,” said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. “As a native of the Boston area, I’m thrilled to see the region thrive and congratulate all of the teams within the Massachusetts Port Authority on a truly stellar year.”
Boston’s 2023 cruise season is expected to be just as successful as 2022, scheduled to begin on March 31 with Norwegian Pearl sailing to Bermuda.