Port Charlottetown said it will be a record cruise season this year,, welcoming 91 ships, over 150,000 passengers and over 63,000 crew so far, according to a press release.
This is the largest number of passenger arrivals in the history of the port as well as a 40 percent increase compared to last year’s scheduled arrivals.
“We are delighted to release the 2023 cruise schedule and look forward to working alongside our incredible partners in tourism as we prepare for a banner season,” said Mike Cochrane, chief executive officer of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.
“The recent addition of a second berth and our ongoing work to enhance our facilities and the waterfront reinforces Port Charlottetown as a premier cruise destination.”
Most of the 91 ships scheduled to visit Port Charlottetown will arrive during September and October.
“Cruise passengers consistently rank Port Charlottetown amongst the top ports of call in Canada and for good reason,” added Kelly Murphy, director of marketing and cruise development for the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.
“We really want to showcase the front-row experience to unforgettable memories that Port Charlottetown affords. Our incredible waterfront and historic downtown are mere steps away as passengers disembark, making it easy to explore our vibrant city. Paired with high-quality excursions beyond the city passengers can get a true taste of the Island in one immersive day.”
The biggest among the ships that will arrive this season is the MSC Meraviglia, which will make three calls to the port in 2023.
Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Bloyce Thompson said: “The electrifying energy and economic benefits cruise ships bring to our province is unmatched.”
“The Island’s cruise industry had a $42.2M economic impact in 2019. With passenger numbers in 2023 surpassing 2019, it is anticipated that the industry will continue to contribute significantly to the Island’s economy.”