Early-season calls drive PEI's Charlottetown to new high

Disney Magic's maiden call is a highlight of Port Charlottetown's record cruise season Disney Magic's maiden call is a highlight of Port Charlottetown's record cruise season (Photo: Disney Cruise Line)

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island's cruise season is off to a strong start with record-breaking numbers: 36,000 passengers and crew in the first three months.

To date, passenger counts are up 42%. This translates to approximately $10m in direct and indirect economic impact for Prince Edward Island in the first three months.

'We are very pleased with our year-to-date numbers,' said Les Parsons, ceo, Port Charlottetown. 'In our slower time of year for cruise, we are already generating over $3 million in economic impact per month, and this doesn’t include the aggregate or petroleum side of port business.'

Port Charlottetown expects the cruise figures to climb higher in the next three months.

'Traditionally our busiest time of year is September and October and with such strong spring numbers already reported, and our August numbers expecting to double last year’s, this will be our best season yet,' said Corryn Clemence, business development manager at the port.

Port Charlottetown expects the final count to be close to 156,000 passengers and crew, based on a good weather year for cruising. This will include Disney Magic's maiden call on Oct. 24.

The season is expected to rack up almost $40m in direct and indirect economic impact for Prince Edward Island. The figures are based on average spending of $98.77 per pasenger and $78.88 per crew from 'The Economic Contribution of the International Cruise Industry in Canada,' completed by Business Research & Economic Advisors.

Posted 09 August 2017

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