When cruise industry started in Port Saint John (NB Canada) more than 30 years ago, the port city only hosted about 550 passengers.
30 years later, Saint John is getting ready for its largest cruise season yet. The season, starting on May 1 and ending November 2, is due to welcome 75 ships to the port, bringing with them approx 176,000 cruise passengers and 70,000 crew.
This is a 19% increase in passengers over 2017 season and a 13% increase in the number of cruise calls, marking Port’s 4th consecutive year of growth.
There has been demand for more visits to the region because Atlantic Canada offers safe and relaxing destinations, while each of its ports provides something distinctly different.
According to Port Saint John, cruise activity represented an annual US$49.9 million boost to the economy of New Brunswick. The figure was taken from the economic impact study “International Cruise Industry in Canada (2016)”, conducted by Business Research & Economic Advisors, via partnership with Atlantic Canada Cruise Association.