A New Age for Cruise Ports

Cruise ship terminals, like airports and train stations, have traditionally been places people only visit when they have to.

In the case of cruise terminals, they have typically been in industrial port areas where there is nothing attractive to do nearby, or perhaps they occupy prime waterfront space, but as nondescript boxes. Many of the terminals, especially ones in seasonal cruise destinations, are underutilized or shut down for periods of time.

Cruise lines, and the cities that want to lure ships to their piers, have taken a different approach in recent years, making terminals more useful to their communities, architecturally attractive and, of course, environmentally forward.