25 years of cruise

Credit: Walt Malone

Credit: Walt Malone

This September marks 25 years since the Cunard Princess docked at Port Saint John – launching the Port City’s reputation as a cruise destination.

Over the years, the city has seen cruise ships come and go. By the close of this anniversary season, more than 950 ships will have called Port Saint John. The evidence of cruise, in the form of Port Saint John’s state of the art terminals, remains all year. The Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal and Marco Polo Cruise Terminal are established as premier rental spaces in the region.

Cruise has been an incubator for Saint John, bringing new businesses to the Uptown core and breathing new life into longstanding businesses. The industry has an annual economic impact of $41.5 million for the region.

Port Saint John is celebrating this milestone with stories: the stories of cruise passengers and their visits, the stories of famous ships and the stories of community members who help make cruise such a success. Port staff will be collecting those stories and sharing them with the community through social media.

Sept. 10 marks the official anniversary of the first cruise ship, initially rerouted here during Hurricane Gabrielle. Port Saint John will be celebrating our community and their contributions on that day.

September is also a big month for cruise as the Port celebrates the 100th Carnival Glory call on Sept. 11. We will be welcoming our two millionth passenger later that month, along with a few double and triple-ship days throughout September and October. The famed Queen Mary 2 will also be making two stops this fall.

The season wraps up on Oct. 25. Stay tuned for more surprise announcements, events and contests to mark the 25th anniversary of cruise.

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