With 32 calls scheduled so far for 2019, it looks like a robust season in St. John’s. It builds on a strong 2018 which saw three inaugural calls and two first-time cruise lines visit in Windstar and Noble Caledonia, according to Councillor Debbie Hanlon,
Passengers can look forward to optimal berth space, five minutes from just about anything, said Hanlon.
Also new, the city has expanded its ambassador program past the pier on cruise ship days, adding ambassadors to downtown areas to answer guest questions.
The potential to grow the industry in St. John’s is ripe, according to the Councillor, and starts with the expedition and adventure market, of which the city can service as a key homeport to ships heading north. In addition is the northern trans-Atlantic itinerary, where St. John’s is a perfect port of call. Canada/New England comes next, where the destination fits in on longer voyages
Port officials are eyeing dredging options at two more city piers, which would allow for more potential berths for big cruise ships, but nothing is set in stone yet.
“Sometimes in the summer, we may have two or three ships in the harbor, and we’d like to see that more,” Hanlon said.
“The city sells itself. When people come here they feel the warmth of the people and it keeps them wanting to come back.
“We have put so much time into our ambassador program, dockside welcome and farewell programs,” Hanlon continued. “The main goal is to deliver a really good experience, and keep the customer coming back so they will tell others.”