A longer season, more ships and the start of homeport cruises with Blount Small Ship Adventures are just a few of this year’s good news stories for Cruise Saint John.
Monday May 11th will be the official kick off the 27th cruise season for Saint John with the arrival of Oceania Cruises’ Marina. The last of 60 calls this year will take place on Tuesday November 3rd with Seven Seas Navigator (Regent Seven Seas Cruises).
Highlights of the 2015 season, include visits from 15 different cruise lines over 5 months, 11 double cruise ship days, 2 triple cruise ship days, 4 inaugural calls and a visit from the ever-popular Queen Mary 2 on September 30.
Ships from a number of these lines will call through the summer months this year including Norwegian Cruise Line who will be visiting twice in the month of June as we work toward increasing our overall summer calls.
Blount Small Ship Adventures will homeport in Saint John this year with 2 cruises on a 10-day itinerary between Saint John and Portland. The expedition class Grande Caribe will be at the new floating dock on Water Street from July 29-August 3 and August 21-August 25 as they both end and begin cruises with guests joining and leaving this ship from Saint John. A homeport (turnaround) cruise differs from a traditional ‘port of call’ visit primarily by the feature that guests can begin or end their cruise from a homeport.
In total approximately 121,000 guests and 48,000 crew members will visit Southern New Brunswick on cruise ships in 2015.
The cruise industry will be responsible for $26.5 million in economic impact to New Brunswick’s tourism sector this year.
To keep abreast of cruise information all year follow Cruise Saint John and Port Saint John on Facebook and Port Saint John on Twitter (@PortSaintJohn). The cruise schedule is available online at www.sjport.com.