Strong 2016 Cruise Season Starts April 30 In Atlantic Canada

The 2016 cruise season gets underway in Atlantic Canada this weekend with the arrival of the Holland America Veendam in Halifax on April 30, Sydney on May 1, and Charlottetown on May 2.

The Atlantic Canada Cruise Association (ACCA) is forecasting approximately 611,000 passengers will visit Atlantic Canada in during the 2016 cruise season. This is an increase from 550,651 in 2015.

“The cruise sector in Atlantic Canada continues to be strong,” said Nora Fever, Chair of ACCA. “Our ports deliver world-class experiences and we continue to be an attractive cruise option for visitors and cruise lines alike. We are delighted to be welcoming so many passengers during a season that stretches from late April to early November.”

ACCA estimates that direct spending by passengers and crew will be approximately $41 million in 2016. When cruise line spending is included, total direct economic impact to the region will be $81.6 million.

Ports throughout the region are benefiting from the overall growth in the cruise sector. In addition to increased numbers this coming season, a number of Atlantic Canada’s smaller, niche ports will see visits by cruise lines this year. Pictou, NS will continue to build on its award-winning 2015 cruise season while Summerside, PEI will see its first ever cruise ship call later this year.

This year will also see the return of Disney Cruise Line to Atlantic Canada and inaugural calls from two of the world’s larger ships; the Norwegian Breakaway and Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas.

“Cruise remains among the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry,” said Fever. “The growth Atlantic Canada has seen over the past ten years is a sign of the confidence cruise lines have in our ability to deliver what guests are looking for when they travel.”

(Atlantic Canada Cruise Association)