Could the Canadian cruise port Saint John in New Brunswick become the next homeport of cruise ships? The local government certainly isn’t ruling out that possibility. An investment of $50,000 is being made for a feasibility study.
Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder, told Radio Canada, “While it is wonderful to have ships visit the Port of Saint John, if it was to become a home port we would be taking this industry to the next level.”
Port Saint John brought in $15 million in revenues from 76 cruise ship calls in 2012.
While a feasibility study is only a step in becoming a year-round cruise port, it’s a big step as it examines everything from navigational areas, city infrastructure and economic studies. If Port Saint John did become a year-round cruise port, passengers would start and end their vacation there.
Located in New Brunswick, Port Saint John offers UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Bay of Fundy, and reversing rapids.
Carnival and Disney are two cruise lines that call to the port seasonally. 190,000 cruise passengers called in Saint John in 2012.
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