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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 23, 2012 Cruiseport Boston Shatters Passenger Record More than 380,000 Passengers Used Cruiseport Boston Carnival Glory Cruiseport Boston, which serves as an important eco- nomic engine to the region, finished the 2012 season with a record 380,054 cruise vacationers, a 23 percent in- crease over 2011, the Massa- chusetts Port Authority (Mass- port) announced. Fueling the surge was Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Glory which began cruising from Boston to Canada in June. With a dozen 4, 5, and 7-day cruises from Cruiseport Boston to Canada in June and July, the ship contributed some 85,000 passengers to the Black Fal- con Cruise Terminal's yearly count. Many of the passen- gers came from outside New England and extended their vacation by staying in local hotels and shopping and din- ing in Boston. Carnival Glory" s schedule showed the success of early summer cruising to Canada from Boston. In past years, Canada cruising was cen- tered around fall foliage. This year, 117 cruise ships docked at Boston, a nine percent increase over 2011. Of that number, 63 started and/or ended their cruise here. For the cruises leav- ing from Boston, many of the 274,000 passengers came from across the United States, New England, Canada, Europe, and as far away as Australia, and contributed to the local econ-omy by shop- ping, dining, lodging and sightseeing. In addition to the cruise pas-sengers, more than 100,000 crew members visited Boston. The 54 other cruise ships stopped in Boston for a day or more to allow their passen- gers to tour the city and sur- rounding areas. "We have a burgeoning cruise industry in Boston, which creates a tremendous economic impact on our local and regional economy,." said Deborah Hadden, Massport's Acting Port Director. "The record number of passengers is important because they -- along with crew members, and the cruise lines them- selves -- support local busi- ness with every visit. Some of those passengers experi- enced Boston and Massachu- setts for the first time, and many will come back for a longer vacation stay." In 2010 Massport com- pleted an $11 million renova- tion of Cruiseport Boston, which created a new 21,000 square foot departure lounge and enhanced terminal aes- thetics. The upgrades also gave Massport the ability to handle embarking and de- barking passengers simulta- neously. Massport believed the renovations would bring more ships and passengers to Boston. "Our $11 million terminal renovation investment is cer- tainly paying off by attracting more cruise lines to Boston," The Consulate General of Italy & The Boston Conservatory Present THE FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH ITALIAN SONGS & ARIAS Featuring singers of the Boston Conservatory and Patty Thorn at piano Free and open to the public. added Hadden. In addition to Cam/va/G/ory, Cruiseport Boston offered new choices for Canada & New England cruising including Holland America's Veendam, offering 7-day sailings to Montreal as well as a repo- sitioning cruise to South America via the Panama Canal. Three luxury lines -- Compagnie du Ponant, Sea- bourn and Crystal Cruises -- offered 7 and 10-day voyages to Canada & New England ports. Norwegian Dawn, in addition to regular Bermuda cruises, sailed 7-day itiner- aries to Quebec. Canada and New England cruises more than doubled in 2012 growing by 119 percent. During Hurricane Sandy, the Port of Boston served as a safe harbor for three cruise ships riding out the storm at the Black Falcon Cruise Ter- minal. There were five addi- tional ships destined for New York cruise terminals that diverted to Boston because the Port of New York was closed. The ships came to Cruiseport Boston to refuel and stock provisions, as well as to disembark and embark passengers. Nearly 9,000 pas- sengers came to Boston on the unscheduled ship visits. While docked, Massachu- setts Port Authority Police and cruise terminal opera- tions staff worked around the clock to ensure all of the passengers needs were met throughout their unintended stay in Boston. Massport staff also provided customer ser- vice to the stranded passen- gers including free shuttle bus service to Logan Airport, and tips on what to see and do in the region. In 2013 cruisers will see more summer cruising op- tions from Cruiseport Boston to Canada. Other highlights include Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas which will replace Jewel of the Seas sailing 7-day roundtrip Can- ada cruises; Cam/val G/ory will sail two additional 7-day Can- ada cruises; Veendam will add eight additional Canada itin- eraries, and also sail a 35- day trans-Atlantic voyage to Europe. Veendam will also sail a 21-day repositioning cruise to San Diego via the Panama Canal, and Norwegian Dawn will sail additional Bermuda cruises in the month of Octo- ber, after completing a series of Canada cruises. Cruiseport Boston offers a range of cruises from budget to luxury. It also serves as a growing economic engine for the region. According to a 2012 report by the Cruise Lines International Associa- tion (CLIA), cruise industry spending generated nearly 7,500 jobs and 8438 million in income for Massachusetts' workers through direct, indi- rect, and induced impact in 2011 Furthermore, it is estimated that cruise indus- try direct spending in Massa- chusetts accounted for more than $452 million, and pas- sengers and crew spent $24.8 million in Boston in 2011. Massachusetts is one of the top ten states for eco- nomic impact from the cruise industry. Saint Gertrude Patroness of the West Indies by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Gertrude was born in Thuringia, (Thuringen, Ger- many) on January 6, 1256. Nothing is known of her fam- ily. What is known is that she was placed in the care of Benedictine nuns at the Benedictine monastery of St. Mary at Helfta under the enlightened direction of the saintly abbess Gertrude of Hackeborn. The monas- tery prospered both in monastic observance and in- tellectually through the guidance of Saint Lioba and her Anglo-Saxon nuns, which was transmitted to their foundations in Ger- many. The monastery of Helfta was renowned for its contemplative life and as a place of learning. Saint Gertrude dedicated herself to her studies, be- coming an expert in litera- ture and philosophy. She later experienced a conver- sion to God and began to strive for perfection in her religious life, turning her scholarly talents to scripture and theology. Saint Gertrude produced numerous writings but only the Herald of God's Loving-Kindness, formerly known as her Life and Rev- elations, and the Spiritual Exercises remain today. It was not until 1677 that the name of Saint Gertrude was inscribed in the Roman Martyrology and her feast was extended to the Univer- sal Church. Saint Gertrude died at Helfta, near Eisleben, Saxony, around 1302. Her feast day is celebrated on November 16% but the exact date of her death is un- known. In compliance with a petition from the King of Spain, she was declared Patroness of the West Indies and in Peru her feast is cel- ebrated with great pomp. The. Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent Call 1-877--HELP (1- 82-43s7) or log on to www.ftc. The Post-Gazette is now on the Web! Check us out at www.BostonPostGazette.com. You'll find the history of the Post-Gazette, information about our columnists, as well as advertising, submission and subscription information. .............. www.Boston PostGazette .............. =- com f _. Tis The Season/Ho/Ho/H00/ Merry Christmas St. Agrippina DiMineo Benefit Society 18 `h Annual Christmas Program for North End Children Only SANTA CLAUS IS COMING WITH GIFTS FOR ALL THE NICE BOYS & GIRLS. on Sunday, December 9th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at St. Agrippina's Chapel at 459 Hanover Street * All who wish to attend please call 617-363-2678 between November 19 and December 3rd. To confirm you must supply your child's name, age, gender, address and phone number so that we can report to Santa's elves. * Please, you must confirm no later than December 3rd. An children 10 and under will receive a picture with Santa and a gift. Children must be present & accompanied by an adult.Also: Face Painting, Balloons, Characters, Gift Bags. Please Bring a Camera.* Jr Saint Agrippina's Christmas Program is for North End Residents Only. Don't m/ss see00 "Santa C/aus" "VIVA ST. AGRIPPINA" JUST A MERRY GOOD TIME . God B/ess Amer/ca "---'--