In total, 2,443,833 passengers visited ports between New York and Montréal on 1,554 ship calls, bringing an estimated $543m in direct economic impact to the region.
'The cruise sector is strong throughout Canada/New England,' according to Amy Powers, chair of CCNE, who added the ports are very attractive to passengers and cruise lines alike.
'The region is known for delivering world‐class experiences for cruisers of all ages and we’re thrilled to be able to introduce so many people to what Canada/New England has to offer,' Powers said.
The 2016 cruise season, which will begin in April, also looks strong. Projections forecast slight growth for the region.
'The growth Canada New England has seen over the past 10 years is a sign of the confidence cruise lines have in our ability to deliver quality experiences for their guests,' said Nora Fever, chair of Cruise Atlantic Canada. She described Cruise Canada New England is a 'great group of partners who work collectively to develop industry‐leading experiences, continuously improved infrastructure and a world‐class welcome.'
Based on bookings received to date by the St. Lawrence ports of call, the 2016 season promises to be as good, if not better, than 2015's, according to Tony Boemi, president of Cruise the Saint Lawrence.
'This is proof positive that efforts by member ports of call to enhance cruise passenger greeting infrastructure have begun to pay handsome rewards. We aim to pursue efforts in this regard and provide passengers with the best greeting experience in the industry,' Boemi said.
CCNE is a partnership among ports, tourism and cruise ship interests in Québec, Atlantic Canada, Maine, Boston and New York. The alliance works collectively to promote the region as a premiere spring, summer and fall cruise destination.
The 18th annual CCNE Symposium is scheduled for June 7‐9 in New York.