Port Saint John predicts 19% increase in visitor numbers in 2018

Port Saint John predicts 19% increase in visitor numbers in 2018
Port Saint John expects 75 ships to visit in 2018, bringing a total of 176,000 passengers (Image: Port Saint John)

Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada, predicts a 19% increase in visitor numbers and a 13% increase in cruise ship calls in 2018, which will be its 30th anniversary.

The port expects 75 ships to visit in 2018, bringing a total of 176,000 passengers and 70,000 crew members.

Its 2017 season saw a 3% rise in total cruise visitors over the previous year.

“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 Jim Quinn, president and CEO of Port Saint John. “With one in ten 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 Port Saint John is also expecting 14 double cruise ship days between June and October along with two triple cruise ship days in September and October in 2018.

Five inaugural calls are expected by NYK Cruises’ Asuka II, Noble Caledonia’s Hebridean Sky, Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas, AIDA Cruises’ AIDAvita, and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Escape. 

NYK Cruises, AIDA and Noble Caledonia will all visit the port for the first time, alongside Pearl Seas Cruises.

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Elizabeth Robinson
By Elizabeth Robinson
Wednesday, January 17, 2018