Over a period of five weeks, the Historic Charlottetown Seaport is expected to welcome over 51,000 passengers and 23,000 crew to Prince Edward Island, with a large influx of ships, passengers and crew scheduled to visit the port the week commencing 8 October 2012.
Twelve ships are expected to visit the port over seven days, bringing 18,899 passengers and 8,400 crew to Prince Edward Island, whilst Charlottetown is expected to welcome a total of 57 ships, 80,386 passengers and 35,409 crew by the end of 2012. This indicates a significant increase in the number of ships and visitors visiting the port per annum, which typically welcomed up to 28,000 visitors and approximately 20 cruise ships prior to the expansion of the South Berth.
“These numbers are unprecedented for our cruise business on Prince Edward Island. The fall season has typically been busy for us, but this is certainly an impressive amount of people for this time of year,” said Les Parsons, CEO of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.
The Charlottetown Harbour Authority, a member of the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association, also welcomes three inaugural visits to the port in October with the arrival of the Seabourn Sojourn on 5 October, the MV Arcadia on 7 October and the Emerald Princess on 9 October.
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