This represents the largest number of passengers in the port’s history and a 40% increase over last year’s scheduled arrivals.
'The recent addition of a second berth and our ongoing work to enhance our facilities and the waterfront reinforces Port Charlottetown as a premier cruise destination,' said Mike Cochrane, CEO of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.
As in previous years, most cruise calls will take place during September and October.
Eight maiden calls
The largest ship will be Norwegian Joy. Among the largest is MSC Meraviglia, scheduled for three stops. Eight vessels will visit for the first time.
The schedule also includes 15 double ship days and six triple ship days. The 2023 season will wrap up with Insignia's Nov. 4 visit.
Easy to explore
'Cruise passengers consistently rank Port Charlottetown amongst the top ports of call in Canada and for good reason,' said Kelly Murphy, director of marketing & cruise development for the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. 'We really want to showcase the front-row experience to unforgettable memories that Port Charlottetown affords.
'Our incredible waterfront and historic downtown are mere steps away as passengers disembark, making it easy to explore our vibrant city. Paired with high-quality excursions beyond the city, passengers can get a true taste of the Island in one immersive day.'
'Electrifying energy and economic benefits'
'The electrifying energy and economic benefits cruise ships bring to our province is unmatched,' said Bloyce Thompson, PEI's minister of economic growth, tourism and culture. The island’s cruise industry had a $42.2m economic impact in 2019, he added, and with passenger numbers in 2023 surpassing 2019, it is anticipated cruising will continue to contribute significantly.
Port Charlottetown and its tourism partners have several initiatives to enhance the visitor experience. One is developing digital kiosks and a digital walking map of Charlottetown, being developed by Port Charlottetown and Discover Charlottetown.
'One thing that really works in our favour here on PEI is the collaborative spirit that our tourism partners and operators embrace, paired with an innovative approach to the development of new products and experiences,' Murphy said. 'We all have this strong belief that a rising tide lifts all ships and that’s one of the keys to our ongoing growth as a premier cruise destination.'
The cruise schedule is here.