At the height of Philadelphia's cruise ship "era," there were about 12 cruises a year, operated by Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line. The terminal was spacious but warehouse like. Some passengers had issues with the walkway to the ship because of its incline. Bargain priced parking was secure and nearby.
I personally cruised four times out of Philadelphia and loved the convenience, the friendly staff and the availability of an international vacation out of my "back yard" without the hassle of air travel.
I will miss the opportunity to introduce our city to friends made during cruises. So many cruisers decided to take in Philadelphia's rich historic sites, spending money on restaurants and hotels.
American Cruise Lines was the lone operator out of Philadelphia. It's not known what impact the decision by the Delaware River Port Authority will have on that small, river-based line.