Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today welcomed the , the first cruise ship to dock at the new facility being built by the City on the Brooklyn waterfront. The berthed in Red Hook at a temporary facility because the New York Cruise Terminal on Manhattan’s West Side is fully booked with five other cruise ships arriving today. Last spring, Carnival Corporation entered into an agreement with the City to make the Brooklyn facility its berth of choice in the New York region for its Princess and Cunard lines including the Queen Mary 2, which will be the first ship to dock at the completed facility in April 2006. The Mayor greeted Captain Mike Carr and his crew on their arrival in New York as the 1,800-passenger ship made its voyage from London on its way to Boston and Canada. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member David Yassky, Port Authority Assistant Director for Port Commerce Dennis Lombardi, New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Andrew M. Alper and NYC & Company President Cristyne L. Nicholas also attended the welcoming ceremony at Brooklyn’s Pier 12.


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