BAYONNE Life on the Peninsula

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The Anthem of the Seas is the third largest cruise ship.

Celebrity Sighting All aboard at Cape Liberty Cruise Port PHOTOS BY VICTOR M. RODRIGUEZ


e’ve all seen them, and sometimes salivated over them: gorgeous pictures of Caribbean cruises. But what we witnessed on a gorgeous morning in June was something more interesting—a bustling cruise port right in our front yard. Though it may seem as if cruise ships are all about out-of-town tourists voyaging to foreign ports, Cape Liberty Cruise Port is all about our local economy: Folks from Bayonne work here, helping to keep this thriving business afloat. The cruise line produces an average of $480,000 in parking taxes annually and $1.4 million annually in port fees, according to Bayonne CFO Terrence Malloy. “Local businesses benefit

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Women workers are a presence on the dock.

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