Currently, cruise ships sailing from Jacksonville operate from a temporary cruise terminal provided by the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT). To get to this terminal, all ships must sail beneath electric power lines and the Dames Point Bridge, both which cross the St. Johns River.
More than 80 percent of cruise ships in service today are too tall to do so and the cruise industry is phasing out smaller vessels which fit comfortably underneath the bridge and power lines. To accommodate cruise ships in the long-term, JAXPORT is in the process of reviewing options for a permanent cruise terminal free of height restrictions.
The following is a sneak peek at the potential JaxPort cruise terminal proposed for Mayport.
For more information on the economic impact and market outlook of the cruise industry on Jacksonville, visit: http://jaxport.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/jaxports-board-holds-cruise-terminal-workshop/