The 30th season at Port Saint John, New Brunswick starts this year with the May 1 arrival of Oceania Cruises’ Marina. It will conclude on November 2, when Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator comes to town.
By the time the last ship casts its lines, 75 vessels will have visited, bringing approximately 176,000 guests and 70,000 crew along. This represents a 19 percent increase in passengers over the 2017 season, and a 13 percent increase in the number of cruise ship calls. Cruise activity provides an annual $49.9 million boost to New Brunswick’s economy. The total impact included direct spending by cruise lines, passengers, and crew in New Brunswick of $21.5 million, 298 direct jobs in the province, and $12.5 million in personal income.
Highlights for the upcoming 2018 season include:
- 14 double cruise ship days
- 2 triple cruise ship days
- 5 inaugural calls (Adventure of the Seas, Asuka II, Hebridean Sky, AIDAvita, and Norwegian Escape)
- New cruise lines to call in Saint John (NYK Cruises, AIDA Cruises, and expedition-class cruise line Noble Caledonia and Pearl Seas)
- Notable ship visit: Queen Mary 2 on July 3, 2018
Port Saint John is Canada’s third largest port by tonnage and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, containers, and cruise.