Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

Photo: Stornoway Port Photo: Port Miami Photo: Port of Thunder Bay Photo: Port of Bilbao Photo: Port of Ashdod On the rise Ports around the globe recorded a busy cruise season in 2022, but many are set to welcome more calls and passengers in 2023 Florida’s PortMiami (above) predicts 1,120 port calls from October 2022 to September 2023, compared with 1,043 from the same period in 2022. Guernsey in the Channel Islands is anticipating 95 cruise calls this season, up from 84 in 2022, with 12 cruise ships making their maiden visits in the 2023 season. The Port of Gibraltar is expecting around 180 cruise ships and between 300,000 and 325,000 passengers this year. Spain’s Port of Bilbao is scheduled to receive 80 cruise ships over the course of the 2023 season, a slight increase from its record-breaking 2022 season when 78 cruise ships called at the port. In June 2022, the port handled 5,000 passengers in a single day. Israel’s Port of Ashdod is set to welcome 123 cruise ships in 2023, a significant increase from the 62 vessels it received during the 2022 cruise season. Stornoway Port in the Outer Hebrides is expecting visits from almost 100 cruise ships by the end of September. It recorded its busiest week to date, when seven vessels called between 30 June and 6 July 2023. 25 Canada’s Port of Thunder Bay in Ontario is to host 14 cruise calls in the 2023 season, up from nine in 2022. The port community is scheduled to welcome 24 vessel visits from five different ships in 2024.