U.S. Ocean Passenger Terminals: Serving Larger Vessels Closer to Home and Central Transit Connections

The ocean passenger industry has undergone substantial changes in recent years. In response to market conditions, passenger vessel operators are deploying larger vessels, cutting fares, changing destinations, and embarking from seaports closer to travelers in major metropolitan areas. In the United States, many new and renovated ocean passenger terminals have opened in port cities along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, as well as across the Gulf coast, to help accommodate these changes. Since 2004, the number of passenger vessel cruises have decreased, yet larger vessels helped maintain passenger levels—growing by about a half million (5.3 percent) over the 2004 to 2008 5-year period. The 9.9 million passengers in 2008 was up from 9.4 million in 2004, but down from the record high of 10.3 million-passengers in 2007.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Special Report
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 6p

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  • Accession Number: 01152838
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SR-019
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2010 4:18PM