SAINT JOHN– Port Saint John says 2018 will bring the fourth consecutive year of growth for the cruise industry in the city.
This cruise season, which starts on May 1 and ends November 2, will bring 75 ships to the city, bringing with them approximately 176,000 passengers and 70,000 crew, for a total of 246,000 passengers and crew. The Port says this represents a 19 per cent increase in passengers over the 2017 season and a 13 per cent increase in the number of cruise ship calls.
“In 2018 we will experience our fourth consecutive year of growth in cruise and a significant increase in the number of cruise guests who will visit, contributing to the visitor economy in Saint John and Southern New Brunswick,” said Port Saint John president and CEO Jim Quinn in a release.
“With one in 10 jobs in the Bay of Fundy region attributable to the tourism sector, we are pleased to be a crucial component of this sector’s sustainability and ability to contribute to our economy.”
The 2018 cruise season will feature 14 double cruise ship days and two triple cruise ship days. It will include new cruise lines NYK Cruises, AIDA Cruises, and expedition-class cruise line Noble Caledonia and Pearl Seas. The Queen Mary 2will also be visiting July 3.
Port Saint John says cruise activity represents an annual $49.9 million boost to New Brunswick’s economy. This figure was taken from an economic impact study entitled “International Cruise Industry in Canada (2016)”, which was conducted by Business Research & Economic Advisors, and carried out in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association.
The total impact included direct spending by cruise lines, passengers, and crew in New Brunswick of $21.5 million, 298 direct jobs in the province, and $12.5 million in personal income.