New Bedford Cruise Ship Traffic on Rise

SouthCoastToday: Hundreds of additional cruise ship passengers could be coming ashore in the city this summer, giving a lift to local museums, shops and restaurants.

American Cruise Lines, which has been docking in the city since 2000, has increased its planned stops from 16 last year to 21 this year. Blount Small Ship Adventures, which scheduled 1 trip last year, is planning 5 this year, according to Kristin Decas, executive director of the city’s Harbor Development Commission.

Passengers have enjoyed their time in the city, and the cruise lines are responding to the positive feedback about New Bedford, she said.

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