When I find myself looking through cruise itineraries, most ships depart from the typical ports: Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral, or New York City/Bayonne. Occasionally, I find a few itineraries departing from smaller or more “local” ports throughout the country, yet, I’m still surprised to see some major cities or metro areas are without a cruise ship. So, in order to shed light on this important issue, I’ve compiled a short wish list of ports that I believe should be shown a little more love when it comes to ship scheduling.
Disclaimer: I, Mike Faust, do not claim to be a cruise ship scheduling expert and acknowledge that my findings/results are subject to harsh criticism from actual cruise ship scheduling experts.
Boca Raton, FL
See, we’re already going of the rails. This one is a personal wish. I happen to live under a mile from the Atlantic Ocean in Downtown Boca and I’d just really like to have the opportunity to step out my front door, walk down Palmetto Road, and walk right into the terminal. One can dream. #BocaBoat
West Palm Beach, FL
Okay, maybe a little more reasonable. For being a “major” Floridian city, I’m always surprised that not one cruise line (and no, I don’t count Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line as a cruise line) has based a ship here. Sure, you have Port Everglades to the south and Canaveral to the north, but with a large metropolitan area and a leisure heavy airport, I’m surprised it hasn’t been tried. Surely you could schedule a smaller ship to sail Bahamas cruises from WBP?
A city and her (soon to be) empty terminal. While Houston is currently home to two cruise ships, the painful breakup is on its way. Afte