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Joani

La Porte, TX

#1 Nov 15, 2012
Chronicle states two lines coming next year.
Princess & Norwegian
Iowa Street Militia Man

Deer Park, TX

#2 Nov 15, 2012
Joani wrote:
Chronicle states two lines coming next year.
Princess & Norwegian
Where will they be docking?

Since: Dec 10

La Porte, TX

#3 Nov 15, 2012
Here's the complete article.

Bayport secures two new cruise ship contracts 11/15/2012 2:22 PM

The only time cruise ships have called on the Bayport Cruise Terminal was for a few weeks in 2008 when Hurricane Ike had damaged the Port of Galveston and two Carnival Cruise Lines ships temporarily relocated there. Since then, the 96,000-square-foot facility in Pasadena has sat empty.

But not for much longer.

On Thursday, the authority's governing board announced the cruise terminal's first-ever regular service in the form of two contracts with Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, which used to call on a terminal at Barbours Cut but left in 2007.

The agreement with California-based Princess is for the 2013-2014 season with 27 planned departures; the agreement with Florida-based Norwegian begins in 2014 and spans for a total of 75 departures. It also includes an option for a two-year extension.

Princess' inaugural trip on the 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess is scheduled for Nov. 5 through Nov. 9 of next year, and will be a benefit cruise to support veterans. In fall of 2014, Norwegian Cruise Lines will begin operating the 2,374-passenger Norwegian Jewel from Houston on week-long cruises to the Western Caribbean.

"We are ecstatic that these two premier cruise lines have chosen to sail from our state-of-the-art cruise facility at Bayport in Pasadena, Texas," Jim Edmonds, chairman of the authority's commission, said in a written statement. "Securing this cruise business helps fulfill our commitment by building the cruise terminal to spur job creation and economic development for the entire greater Houston and Pasadena region."

Each cruise line will have a $50 million annual economic impact, including nearly $1 million in state and local tax revenue, according to estimates provided by the authority. Also, nearly 100 new jobs will be created.

Kevin Sheehan, the CEO of Norwegian, said in the authority's release that the cruise line's expansion "into new homeports" is made possible by the addition of two new ships to its fleet - the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.

"We listened to the feedback from our travel partners and guests who have been requesting our return to Houston," Sheehan said. "We are also going back in a big way by sending one of our Jewel-class Freestyle Cruising ships to their very impressive new cruise terminal."

The long-empty cruise terminal, which the authority spent $108.4 million building, has become a subject its critics have repeatedly cited as evidence of financial waste and overspending.

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, cites it as one of the reasons he authored an amendment calling for the authority to undergo review by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.

The announcement follows a Tuesday vote by the Sunset Commission to recommend a total sweep of the authority's seven-member governing board on Tuesday, and also to allow the governor to appoint replacements rather than local governing bodies.

The authority's new executive director, Leonard Waterworth, hired in April, said in May that he had been working actively to secure tenants for the terminal since being appointed on an interim basis in January.

That was after county officials criticized the authority for not disclosing that it had been in talks with the Military Sealift Command about housing naval support vessels there.
Joani

La Porte, TX

#4 Nov 15, 2012
Bay port terminal
Norma E

Oklahoma City, OK

#5 Nov 15, 2012
Here's the complete article.

Bayport secures two new cruise ship contracts 11/15/2012 2:22 PM

The only time cruise ships have called on the Bayport Cruise Terminal was for a few weeks in 2008 when Hurricane Ike had damaged the Port of Galveston and two Carnival Cruise Lines ships temporarily relocated there. Since then, the 96,000-square-foot facility in Pasadena has sat empty.

But not for much longer.

On Thursday, the authority's governing board announced the cruise terminal's first-ever regular service in the form of two contracts with Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, which used to call on a terminal at Barbours Cut but left in 2007.

The agreement with California-based Princess is for the 2013-2014 season with 27 planned departures; the agreement with Florida-based Norwegian begins in 2014 and spans for a total of 75 departures. It also includes an option for a two-year extension.

Princess' inaugural trip on the 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess is scheduled for Nov. 5 through Nov. 9 of next year, and will be a benefit cruise to support veterans. In fall of 2014, Norwegian Cruise Lines will begin operating the 2,374-passenger Norwegian Jewel from Houston on week-long cruises to the Western Caribbean.

"We are ecstatic that these two premier cruise lines have chosen to sail from our state-of-the-art cruise facility at Bayport in Pasadena, Texas," Jim Edmonds, chairman of the authority's commission, said in a written statement. "Securing this cruise business helps fulfill our commitment by building the cruise terminal to spur job creation and economic development for the entire greater Houston and Pasadena region."

Each cruise line will have a $50 million annual economic impact, including nearly $1 million in state and local tax revenue, according to estimates provided by the authority. Also, nearly 100 new jobs will be created.

Kevin Sheehan, the CEO of Norwegian, said in the authority's release that the cruise line's expansion "into new homeports" is made possible by the addition of two new ships to its fleet - the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.

"We listened to the feedback from our travel partners and guests who have been requesting our return to Houston," Sheehan said. "We are also going back in a big way by sending one of our Jewel-class Freestyle Cruising ships to their very impressive new cruise terminal."

The long-empty cruise terminal, which the authority spent $108.4 million building, has become a subject its critics have repeatedly cited as evidence of financial waste and overspending.

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, cites it as one of the reasons he authored an amendment calling for the authority to undergo review by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.

The announcement follows a Tuesday vote by the Sunset Commission to recommend a total sweep of the authority's seven-member governing board on Tuesday, and also to allow the governor to appoint replacements rather than local governing bodies.

The authority's new executive director, Leonard Waterworth, hired in April, said in May that he had been working actively to secure tenants for the terminal since being appointed on an interim basis in January.

That was after county officials criticized the authority for not disclosing that it had been in talks with the Military Sealift Command about housing naval support .
Lomaxx

Houston, TX

#6 Nov 15, 2012
Glad they got some bookings!
YEA! Maybe they can have it pay for itself in 50 years! LOL!
Norma E

Oklahoma City, OK

#7 Nov 15, 2012
Sorry about the double post.
Citizen with a Memory

Pasadena, TX

#8 Nov 16, 2012
Well, so much for the local idiots who said ships would never come to Bayport, and that La Porte would never benefit from them.

The Benefit to La Porte will take some time to figure out, but 5000 tourists a week, from all over Texas that will be driving past our front door, you can bet that some of them will be looking for food or a hotel, or tourist stuff.

Since: Feb 12

Houston, TX

#9 Nov 16, 2012
Someone cut a pretty sweet deal for that. Imagine the tourism coming to...um...EL JARDINE?????
Lomaxx

Houston, TX

#10 Nov 16, 2012
I know who Al Jardine(Beach Boys)is! LOL!
kemah

Houston, TX

#11 Nov 17, 2012
Kemah and Tillman will benefit from this. Except for hotels, la Porte has very little to offer tourists. It's is an opportunity though.
fair and unbalanced

Houston, TX

#12 Nov 17, 2012
kemah wrote:
Kemah and Tillman will benefit from this. Except for hotels, la Porte has very little to offer tourists. It's is an opportunity though.
Tourist and industrial areas don't mix.
The POH has too much power and not enough foresight.

“Activist, Comedian, Con Man!”

Since: Jan 09

www.HeavyFed.com

#13 Nov 17, 2012
fair and unbalanced wrote:
<quoted text>

The POH has too much power and not enough foresight.
Keep electing the people you're electing... it will always be that way.

If you want something completely different... vote Heavy.

“Keep it greasy !!!!”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#14 Nov 17, 2012
they can but dope in North Laporte on Caminiti avenue
fair and unbalanced

Houston, TX

#15 Nov 17, 2012
Manny Hanjohbs wrote:
they can but dope in North Laporte on Caminiti avenue
Is that nautical speak?
the love boat

Houston, TX

#16 Nov 20, 2012
RBCheney wrote:
Someone cut a pretty sweet deal for that. Imagine the tourism coming to...um...EL JARDINE?????
To the tune of 6.7 million with no fees being charged for docking. Sweet.

Since: Dec 08

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#17 Nov 20, 2012
the love boat wrote:
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To the tune of 6.7 million with no fees being charged for docking. Sweet.
That 6.7 million is what we are paying the cruise ships to use the facility. Great deal for them.

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#18 Nov 20, 2012
bayfisher wrote:
<quoted text>That 6.7 million is what we are paying the cruise ships to use the facility. Great deal for them.
But with a 5 year old facility costing 500,000 a year just to sit there, the POH was desperate. Hopefully this pays off.

Since: Dec 08

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#19 Nov 20, 2012
girl please wrote:
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But with a 5 year old facility costing 500,000 a year just to sit there, the POH was desperate. Hopefully this pays off.
Hopefully it will.
LPC

Pasadena, TX

#20 Nov 20, 2012
so where is the benefit, parking?

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