1 9 8 FEATURE Port Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Port Milwaukee welcomes the return of cruising on the Great Lakes with several cruise lines planning to call at the port. Great Lakes cruising is a growing market and Milwaukee, situated on Lake Michigan, can be a perfect day visit or an overnight turn-around port for cruise passengers. The pandemic-related setbacks to the cruise industry have increased the demand for locally accessible vacations that provide the same luxury as international cruising abroad, with the added benefit of remaining close to home for North American passengers. “Not only are the cruise lines excited to restart cruising – the destinations are too,” says Jazmine Jurkiewicz, trade development representative at Port Milwaukee. “Visits to Milwaukee from esteemed cruise lines such as Viking Cruises, Pearl Sea Cruises, American Queen Voyages and Ponant will grow our local economy and tourism industry.” Port of Cleveland, Ohio, USA Port of Cleveland, located on the south side of Lake Erie, which is the fourth largest lake out of the five Great Lakes in North America, is looking forward to a busier schedule now that the cruise industry is beginning to recover from the effects of the pandemic. “Sit down and grab a drink,” says David Gutheil, chief commercial officer at Port of Cleveland. “You’ve got to hear about Cleveland. This is a lakefront city where the local brews flow just as easily at chef-owned eateries as they do at old-school, mom-and-pop joints.” Attractions such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Playhouse Square will entertain visiting cruise-ship passengers as well as the 50,000 acres of parks, which provide picturesque views and a chance for guests to get close to nature. “Cleveland offers world-class experiences without the world-class ego,” adds Gutheil. Port of Los Angeles, California, USA Port of Los Angeles is gearing up for its busiest cruise season in over a decade with more than 200 ship calls scheduled for 2022. Vacationers can choose itineraries from 11 unique cruise brands, such as Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International. In addition, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Viking Cruises, Seabourn, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises and NYK also have scheduled sailings from the city this coming year. Los Angeles remains a top market for cruises, widely recognised as a convenient embarkation and disembarkation point for sea-going travellers. Cruise travel is a valuable component of Los Angeles tourism economy since a busy cruise weekend brings as many as 20,000 travellers to the city and each cruise ship call generates more than $1 million in economic activity.