Cruise season 2016 revs into high gear later this week

Cruise season 2016 began May 9th and by the time the last ship casts off its lines on October 28th, 64 ships will have visited, bringing with them approximately 145,000 passengers and 57,700 crew.  This year, the Port is experiencing a year-over-year 20% increase in cruise passenger traffic.

Cruise ships have been visiting Port Saint John since 1989 and our City has welcomed in excess of 2 million people as guests and crew on more than 1,000 vessels.

All the major cruise lines in the world now visit Saint John and we can handle some of the largest cruise ships in the business today. Check out Anthem of the Seas next week and on 3 more occasions in September and Octobershe’ll be the largest ship to visit here to date.

Anthem of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas

While the season runs from May through to October, the months of September and October typically see the most traffic (two-thirds of the entire cruise season).

The reason?  Cruise tourism was established here on the attraction of fall foliage and as a result, this is the most established part of the season.

With the arrival of Holland America’s Rotterdam later this week (August 26) and Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas next Tuesday (August 30), we are heading into the peak cruise months of September and October.  We thought you’d like to know what to watch for in the harbour over the next 10 weeks.

Notables of the 2016 cruise season:

  • Seven inaugural calls from ships that have not visited our city before. These include Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Sunshine (June 23), Holland America’s Rotterdam (August 26), Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas (August 30), Hapag Lloyd’s Europa 2 (September 24), Silversea Cruises’ Silver Explorer (September 29), Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Quest (October 1), and Phoenix Reisen’s Amadea (October 22).
  • Mid-sized boutique luxury line, Azamara Club Cruises, docking on October 1st with 700 passengers is a new cruise line for Port Saint John.
  • Blount Small Ship Adventures returned this year, staying dockside at Pugsley Slip (foot of Princes Street) for five days in early August.
  • Disney Cruise Line returns to the port city with Disney Magic on October 4th.
  • Six double-ship days, five triple-ship days highlight a busy September and October. (See the schedule below).
  • The 2 busiest cruise days will be September 28 and October 19 the, when the City will welcome over 12,000 passengers and crew on each day. To put that in perspective on how cruise business has grown in Saint John, 12,000 was approximately the number of cruise guests for the entire year back in 1996, 20 years ago.
  • The busiest 3 weeks in cruise begin September 26 and run to October 15, corresponding with peak fall colours. During these 3 weeks almost 40% of the entire season will occur with approximately 56,800 guests and 22,700 crew members during 30 ship visits.
  • Ship watchers should keep their eye out for Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas on August 30, September 13, September 29, and October 13. Anthem of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship to visit Saint John yet.

Cruise tourism activity in Saint John represents a $25 million annual boost to New Brunswick’s economy.

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Port Days 2016 offers expanded business programming

group gary charlotte and walter

From left: Gary Doer, Co-chair of the Canada Institute Advisory Board at the Wilson Centre, former Ambassador to the United States and former Premier of Manitoba; Charlotte Bell, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada; and Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for the U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Port Days has always offered great speakers and topics related to import/export, global transportation infrastructure, and international partnerships – but the 2016 schedule is bigger and better than ever.

“For the first time ever, the Port Days line-up includes concurrent sessions, which means we have more to offer than ever before,” says Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John. “This year our Tuesday business sessions offer delegates the choice of attending sessions on cargo, rail and infrastructure – or sessions on cruise and tourism development.”

Here are the highlights of this year’s schedule:

MONDAY JUNE 13: Delegates can choose to attend the Port Days Golf Tournament at the Algonquin Resort Golf Course, or the Tastes of NB Walking Tour. We get back together in the evening for the Opening Reception, and the Port Award of the Year celebration.

TUESDAY JUNE 14: At Breakfast, we’ll start out by getting motivated for the rest of the business discussions by hearing from speaker Dr. David Scott – sports psychologist and consultant to the Sea Dogs and to NHL teams.

Then we’ll adjourn to attend the business panel sessions from 8:45 am – 11:45 am which will run in two concurrent steams and feature a variety of speakers on topics including the economic social impacts of ports and opportunities in rail on the cargo stream, and growth/trends and infrastructure/product development in the cruise and tourism stream:

Economic and Social Benefits of
Trade & Ports                                              

Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist
JLL Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure
Stephen E. Lund, CEO
Opportunities New Brunswick
Wendy Zatylny, President
Association of Canadian Port Authorities


Cruise & Tourism – Trends for Growth
Perspectives from Global to Local

Charlotte Bell, CEO
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
Cindy Creamer-Rouse, Director
Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage, Province of New Brunswick
Victoria Clarke
Executive Director, Discover Saint John
Beth Kelly Hatt, Founder, Aquila Tours
Rail Opportunities

Tommy Browning, VP of Marketing and Sales – Energy, Merchandise, Bulk & Auto,
CP Railway
Wayne T. Power, Group VP, Transportation & Logistics Division
J.D. Irving, Limited
Kelly Levis, Asst. VP Sales & Marketing,
CN Railway
John Giles, President
Central Maine & Quebec Railway



Cruise and Tourism- The Bricks & Mortar of Achieving Growth – What is on our horizon?

Claire Foote, Port Services Development and Planning Manager, Carnival Group UK
Beth Kelly Hatt – Fort LaTour Development
Victoria Clarke –  Food Tourism Strategy
Nancy Lockerbie – Fundy Trail Parkway
Kent MacIntyre – Fundy Quay and Boardwalk
Dennis Campbell – An exciting new project

Over the Port Days Keynote Luncheon, hosted in partnership with The Chamber and the East Coast Energy Connection, we’ll hear from speaker Gary Doer, Co-chair of the Canada Institute Advisory Board at the Wilson Centre,  former ambassador to the United States and former Premier of Manitoba.

The afternoon marks the start of the East Coast Energy Connection agenda, with sessions taking place at the Delta Brunswick Hotel.

The evening’s festivities celebrate another successful Port Days and with the ever-popular Seafood Fiesta reception and dinner!

We hope you’ll join us this year!

For the full schedule, as well as registration information, visit

A Day to Support Our Ports: United for the Future

April 5th marks Western Hemisphere Ports Day, a time to acknowledge our industry’s role in job creation and economic prosperity, and its commitment to education, training and environmental stewardship initiatives on behalf of the communities we serve across the Americas.

Led by the American Association of Port Authorities and the Association of Canadian Port Authorities – under the banner “United for the Future” – we’re proud to join hundreds of ports in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, to highlight and celebrate the value of ports.

Like ports worldwide, we have an ongoing commitment to remind our community and its leaders about the important role we play in New Brunswick and Canada as a vital link to the global economy.

According to IHS World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2014 totaled 3.48 billion metric tons in volume and $4.9 trillion (CAD) in value.  Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.68 billion metric tons of cargo valued at $2.1 trillion (CAD), while North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at $3.7 trillion (CAD).    Finally, within the North American total, the 18 members of Canada’s national port system move 311.5 million metric tonnes of goods valued at over $400 billion (CAD).

reduced gdp for april 5However, the economic worth of all cargo in terms of jobs and business activity is much greater than its market value.  According to the Association of Canadian Port Authorities activity at its member ports play a pivotal role in driving Canada’s economy by contributing $25 billion (CAD) to the nation’s GDP, creating 250,000 direct and indirect jobs that pay higher-than-average wages, and handling nearly two-thirds of the country’s waterborne cargo.

Ports also play a critical role in providing goods that impact our everyday lives.  Millions of tons of food, clothing, medicine, fuel and building materials, as well as consumer electronics and toys, move through Western Hemisphere seaports every day.

And the volume of cargo shipped by water is expected to dramatically increase by 2020, as reduced jobs fro april 5
will the number of passengers traveling through our seaports. To meet these demands, we’re committed to keeping our ports navigable, secure and sustainable.

On Ports Day, port leaders from across the hemisphere are gathering in Washington for their Annual Spring Conference to discuss how we can best manage increasing freight volumes and remain successful in a dynamic global economy, among other challenges.  Most importantly, we will also continue collaboration on ways our industry can lead the way in terms of job creation and economic growth.

We’re proud to join hundreds of Western Hemisphere seaports in celebration of Ports Day.  On behalf of workers, farmers, employers, manufacturers and consumers everywhere, we are truly united for the future.

Peter Gaulton, Chair of the Board of Directors
Port Saint John