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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel

Monday, March 18, 2013

Set Sail from a Northeastern Home Port

When Norwegian Cruise Line’s fabulous new ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, sails for Bermuda this April, it will depart from a growing region for home ports: the northeastern U.S. The Breakaway will sail from New York City, a home port that offers fantastic pre- and post-cruise opportunities.

There are lots of enjoyable sights, shops, restaurants and more to explore in other northeastern home ports, too, which include Boston, Mass.; Bayonne, N.J., just across Upper New York Bay from Brooklyn; and Baltimore, Md. Millions of people live within easy driving distance of one or more of these ports. And, driving rather than flying to your cruise ship can free up more of your vacation budget to spend on the ship and in the ports you visit.

Boston is a popular port for cruises to New England and Canada on Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean ships. These cruises are no longer limited to the height of the fall color season, but sail from May through October. Boston’s cruise ship terminal had an $11 million renovation in 2010 that produced a new, 21,000-square-foot departure lounge and the ability to handle embarking and debarking passengers at the same time – one reason why the number of cruise ships docking in Boston grew by nearly 10 percent in 2012.

Located within sight of the spires of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, Bayonne’s spacious Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal became a home port for Royal Caribbean way back in 2003. Celebrity Cruises also offers cruises to Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Eastern and Southern Caribbean from Bayonne.

Baltimore is convenient starting point for cruises to New England and Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The port’s state-of-the-art, climate-controlled passenger boarding bridge is part of the appeal. In 2012, more than 240,000 passengers sailed away from Baltimore on 100 different cruises. Baltimore is also a home port for Royal Caribbean, which will soon locate the newly refurbished Grandeur of the Seas there. The renovated ship boasts new entertainment venues, more dining options, freshly updated staterooms and a number of technological upgrades.

 To find out more about where and when you can sail from the home ports of the Northeast, contact Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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