2006 San Francisco cruise ship season expected
to be big boon
By Karli Bulnes, Bay City News Service
May 7, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The Port of San Francisco anticipates
smooth sailing for city residents, business owners and passengers
aboard the more than 20 cruise ships that will dock at the city
by the bay during the start of the 2006 cruise season.
More than 50,000 cruise ship passengers will arrive in San Francisco
within a two week period that begins Monday and ends May 23, according
to the port.
The port predicts their arrival will kick off the biggest cruise
season in the city's history.
"We're extremely pleased that the port's cruise business
has grown so effectively over the past two years," port Executive
Director Monique Moyer said in a written statement. "We expect
the 2006 cruise season to generate $60 million in economic benefit
to the city."
In addition to revenue, the port also expects the influx of passengers
will generate traffic at cruise terminal areas.
"As always, using public transportation is the recommended
and most efficient method of travel along the Embarcadero,"
the port reported.
The port plans to place police officers and portable electronic
traffic information signs at strategic locations along the Embarcadero
to direct traffic.
It is also recommended that passengers and guests contact the
cruise line directly to confirm the location of the ship and avoid
confusion. The information is also available at http://www.sfport.com.
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