From flowers to fuel and milk to wine,
Holland America Line's cruise operations have a significant economic impact on Boston and Massachusetts. Last year that impact totaled $21,429,680m, and in 2006 it is projected to climb slightly to just under$22,000,000 as the ms Maasdam sails to or from Boston on 17 cruises.
Holland America Line's economic impact includes staffing at the cruise
terminal, provisioning ships, refueling, passenger spending, crew spending,
port fees and taxes, and marketing and sales expenditures in the region.
"Holland America Line has enjoyed working with Boston as our gateway
for our Canada New England cruises," said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of
Holland America Line. "We've had a very successful operation here the last
several years and look forward to continuing that relationship as we bring
more than 21,000 guests to the city.
"The Canada/New England cruising region is really an up and comer for
our industry, especially among families seeking summer cruises with great
ports and fantastic scenery," added Kruse.
Holland America Line begins calling at Boston on May 20, 2006, at the
conclusion of a seven-day cruise between Montreal and Boston. Continuing
this itinerary through Sept. 30, the ship will visit the Saguenay Fjord and
calls at Quebec City; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Halifax and
Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Bar Harbor, Maine. The Maasdam makes a final visit
to Boston as a port visit on Oct. 14 during a 10-day sailing from Montreal
to Norfolk. Fares start at US$999 per person, double occupancy.
To operate its 17 cruises, Holland America Line works with more than
100 Massachusetts vendors. These businesses range from local companies who
supply Holland America Line ships with $100,000 in products each season
to vendors who will provide US$1 million worth of marine fuel.
,p>Holland America Line estimates the direct impact of its 2006 Boston
cruises to total approximately US$4,126,000 for Boston and US$9,300,000 for
Massachusetts. This includes direct spending of $1,693,600, by the
company in Boston and $2,433,000 spent by cruise guests and crew in
shops, restaurants, hotels, museums, local sightseeing attractions and
taxicabs. Other expenditures include maintaining its ships and provisioning
its fleet, plus port fees, charges and taxes.
Each season Holland America Line provisions each ship every other week
on the "turn around" sailings. Provisioning a ship means bringing aboard
all of the supplies and food products needed for a sailing. For example,
the Maasdam will require some 15,206 eggs and 908 gallons of milk each week
-- coming from local farmers. In addition, local growers will supply 97,383
pounds a week in fresh produce.
Total, the company anticipates its overall economic impact in Boston
and the surrounding region during 2006 will be $21,948,000, using a 2.36