Charlottetown is a popular port of call on Canadian itineraries (Image: Marc Dagenais)
The Historic Charlottetown Seaport on Prince Edward Island in Canada is to welcome a record 77 cruise calls and around 131,242 passengers and crew this year.
Opening on 8 May with a call from Haimark Luxury Cruises’ Saint Laurent, the first month of the season will include three overnights and six day calls. The six-month season will also include visits from Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and a number of other lines.
Holland America Line will remain the most frequent visitor, making around 40 calls throughout the season, while Pearl Seas Cruises’ Pearl Mist will also return for her second season. The ship will make ten calls to the port including six overnights.
Crystal Cruises, which last visited Charlottetown in 2009, will return this year with a call from Crystal Symphony.
“Welcoming 77 ship calls to Charlottetown this year is definitely a new record for the port,” said Stan MacPherson, chair of the Board of Directors at Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “Having this many different lines calling at our island brings a diverse group of passengers and crew and gives us a wonderful opportunity to showcase all our island has to offer.”
Ending slightly earlier than last year, the 2015 season will close with a call from Saint Laurent on 25 October.
“It’s not too often that we begin and end a season with the same line,” said Les Parsons, CEO of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “The consistency from these lines throughout the season is encouraging for future growth into the summer months.”