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Charlottetown’s cruise numbers climb with longer seasion, expanded berth

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Calls by Victory II will open and close the season
Prince Edward Island’s Port Charlottetown is preparing for another record year, with an estimated 154,000 passengers and just over 70,000 crew.

They are scheduled to arrive on 97 calls.

This is up from the just over 128,000 passengers and 55,000 crew in 2019.

South berth expansion

Charlottetown also anticipates officially christening the port’s south berth expansion with the arrival of two ships this spring.

‘Having the ability to berth two mid to large size vessels simultaneously will be a great improvement to our port operations,’ said Corryn Clemence, cruise development, communications and brand manager for the port. ‘This will increase landside operations and the efficiency of shore excursions and dispatching of tours.’

Construction began in spring 2018 and is set to be finalized by June this year.

Six-month season

Total direct economic impact for the 2020 season is estimated at just under $26.5m.

‘These numbers are very impressive and firmly establish this sector as an important contributor to the island economy,’ said Mike Cochrane, CEO of Port Charlottetown. ‘This is a six-month sailing season, and we are incredibly pleased to see the full season continue to grow and expand.’

April 29 opener

The season will kick off April 29 with a double call: Holland America Line’s Zaandam and Victory Cruise Lines’ Victory II. This year will also see inaugural visits by Hanseatic Inspiration, Norwegian Encore, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s Evrima and Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas.

In addition, size record-setter MSC Meraviglia will return for two calls in the fall. The season will wrap up with Victory II’s visit on Nov. 1.

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