Cruise ships & Savannah

Savannah’s City Council is considering a cruise ship terminal in Savannah. One study has been completed, and another, more in-depth study is  under debate.  See coverage in the Savannah Morning News here.

How will this affect our sites? Are there any potential threats? Or is will this help our economy? Charleston recently added a cruise ship terminal, which prompted the National Trust for Historic Preservation to put Charleston on their first-ever watch list.

More resources for understanding the positive and negative implications of installing a cruise ship terminal can be found on the National Trust’s website:

  • The Cruise Industry in Charleston: A Clear Perspective– The Historic Charleston Foundation commissioned an impartial analysis of the positive and negative, short-term and long-term, economic, employment, historical, architectural, and cultural impacts of the cruise industry on Charleston. Published by Miley & Associates in April 2012 and funded in part by the National Trust, pdf version
  • Preservation Progress– history of the cruise ship industry in Charleston, by the Preservation Society of Charleston

Data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

Other resources:

One comment

  1. In addition to the excellent resources described in your entry on the possibility of a cruise ship terminal in Savannah, please let your membership know they can learn about the issues surrounding a terminal in Savannah and keep up with current developments at cruiseshipsinSavannah on Facebook and at:

    Both the Facebook page and the blog are the product of Be Smart Savannah, a volunteer citizens group that seeks to ensure Savannah has an open, unbiased and inclusive public dialogue on whether the city should build a cruise ship terminal before any decision is made.

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