Erie PA is a Lake Erie cruise port and city in northwestern Pennsylvania (USA). The town was named after Lake Erie, itself named after an Indian tribe which used to reside along lake's southern shore. By population (around 100,000, metro around 280,000), the city is Pennsylvania state's 4th-largest - following Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown.
The manufacturing sector of Erie remains prominent in the local economy, though service industries, higher education, tourism and healthcare have emerged as greater economic drivers. Erie is visited by millions for recreation at Presque Isle State Park. The city also boasts attractions like the horse racetrack and casino.
Erie is often called the "Flagship City" due to its status as home port of Niagara, Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship. The city has also been named the "Gem City" due to its sparkling lake.
Erie PA cruise terminal
On the photo below is shown Presque Isle Bay and the surrounding Lake Erie. Presque Isle Bay is a natural bay with sheltered waters. It covers approx 6 ml2 (15 km2), and has length approx 4,6 ml (7,4 km) and width approx 2 mi (3 km / widest point). The bay's average depth is 20 ft (6 m).
On the south, it is edged by the city's shoreline, where are located Port of Erie Marine Terminal (cruise ship docking area), yacht / boat marinas, several recreational parks, tourist attractions. The channel on the east is the bay's entrance from Lake Erie.
In September 2017 Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority announced it was seeking construction bids for work which would subdivide a portion of its boat terminal on the east bayfront of the city into office space. A part of the lobby area of the terminal is to be transformed into 6,000ft2 of office space for the new tenant, actuarial and retirement plan services firm Erie’s Boetger & Associates Inc., now at 1030 State St.
The 16,000ft2 terminal is located at 1 Holland St., adjacent to Blasco Library and the Intermodal Transportation Center of the Port Authority (which uses the remaining 10,000ft2 at the terminal for its operations). There are no other tenants of the building.
Completed in 2002, the cruise boat terminal cost almost US$5 million.
The Port Authority envisioned the terminal as one that would accommodate the biggest Great Lakes ships, and serve as a base to high-speed ferry service which would offer round-trip passengers & vehicles service to Canada during the spring, summer and fall.
Unfortunately, “there hasn’t been the demand” for Great Lakes sailings in Erie region, and the ferry service was not materialized.