Port traf­fic up in 2017

Port Char­lot­te­town re­ports cruise sea­son wraps up with a 31 per cent in­crease

Journal Pioneer - - THE ISLAND -

Port Char­lot­te­town wrapped up the cruise sea­son with about 90,000 pas­sen­gers and more than 40,000 crew vis­it­ing, rep­re­sent­ing a to­tal di­rect eco­nomic im­pact of just un­der $15.5 mil­lion.

While there were a num­ber of can­cel­la­tions due to speed re­stric­tions and weather, the sea­son was still one of the best years on record for Port Char­lot­te­town.

“The de­barka­tion in Char­lot­te­town is one of the high­est in the re­gion, and that tells us the de­mand is here for vis­it­ing lines,” said Les Par­sons, CEO of Port Char­lot­te­town.

“In ad­di­tion to a high de­barka­tion, we also have one of the high­est pas­sen­ger spends, which is great news for Is­land busi­nesses.”

In ad­di­tion to strong num­bers, Char­lot­te­town wel­comed a num­ber of new cruise lines and ships this year.

The in­au­gu­ral calls from the Silver Muse, Vi­sion of the Seas, Mein Schiff 6, Dis­ney Magic and Nor­we­gian Jade are proof of a grow­ing in­dus­try. “Wel­com­ing Dis­ney Cruise Lines for the first time to Prince Ed­ward Is­land was a great op­por­tu­nity for the port to en­gage the lo­cal com­mu­nity and in­crease aware­ness of cruise on the Is­land,” says Cor­ryn Cle­mence, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager for the port.

“We want the pub­lic to en­joy the port as much as vis­it­ing pas­sen­gers and crew do and this was a great chance for us to show­case the im­prove­ments made to the wa­ter­front.” Port Char­lot­te­town is look­ing to an­other record set­ting year in 2018 and is an­tic­i­pat­ing a sched­ule re­lease early in the new year.

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