You'll Find Several Options for Cruises When Vacationing in Philadelphia

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Byline: Madelyn Merwin

Q. I'm taking my family to Philadelphia this spring and we'll be spending several weeks there. I understand Philadelphia has a port for cruise ships. We have always wanted to take a cruise and this would be a good time to do it because we wouldn't have to fly to a port city.

A. Philadelphia, Pa., does indeed have a cruise facility. It's the historic Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1 at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center, an area that was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Having your car will be a bonus because as you drive toward the parking area you will drive by World War II battleships, through the iron gates of the Philadelphia Naval Base and into a cluster of Victorian buildings housing the terminal. The building was constructed in 1874.

Cruises from here go to Bermuda, the Caribbean, New England and Canada with a choice of the following cruise lines: Carnival, Celebrity, Hapag-Lloyd, Holland America, Norwegian, Radisson Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Silver Seas. You can learn more about the cruises and their current as well as expanding schedule of departures by checking the Web site www.cruisephilly.com.

Cruising locally also is popular in Philadelphia. The Spirit of Philadelphia offers daily cruises along the Delaware River with views of the city's skyline and riverfront attractions. …