Port Saint John (NB Canada) to celebrate 35 years of cruise shipping

   January 24, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

In 2023, Port Saint John (New Brunswick Canada) will celebrate 35 years of welcoming cruise ships.

With a total of 86 ship calls and expecting ~200,000 tourists, the port city will be bustling with visitors throughout the 6-month season, spanning from May 7th to November 7th, 2023.

Natalie Allaby, Cruise Development Manager, Port Saint John said they were thrilled to be releasing the 2023 cruise schedule so that their community could prepare for the exciting season ahead. The 2023 cruise schedule boasts 14 double ship days, as well as 6 triple ship days, 8 inaugural vessel calls, and 8 overnight calls.

The schedule includes a call from a ship belonging to the largest class of liners in the world. With a capacity of 5,000+ passengers, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis OTS returns to Port Saint John for the 2nd year in a row on May 30th. 

The cruise business brings $68+ million annually to Saint John and southern New Brunswick economies. The economic impact includes direct spending by lines, passengers, and crew members in the Bay of Fundy region along with direct jobs for New Brunswickers.

With each year and visit, Saint Johners give visitors a hometown welcome, showing off natural wonders, urban and coastal activities, as well as culinary delights that make a visit to the city unforgettable.

Nancy Tissington, Executive Director, Uptown Saint John said they were privileged to share their "historic uptown, made up of unique boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and special landmarks.” 

“As representatives of uptown Saint John, the Business Improvement Association is ready and proud to roll out the red carpet and show off to the cruise world each and every year.”

The Port looks forward to welcoming cruise visitors from around the globe throughout the 2023 season and sharing the best of the port city.

Port of Saint John NB (New Brunswick Canada)

According to Paulette Hicks, CEO of Envision Saint John, the growth of the cruise industry in Saint John was a testament to what they offered as a region. 

“The ability of our local businesses to seize the opportunities cruise visits bring speaks to the strength of the entrepreneurship in our community.”