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Port Saint John wraps a six-month cruise season

Norwegian Breakaway docked near the Area 506 Waterfront Container Village, which opened in 2022
New Brunswick's Port Saint John wrapped a six-month cruise season with higher numbers than in 2022, showing recovery for the Atlantic Canada region.

Saint John tallied 172,193 passengers on 74 calls.

Season highlights included the largest single ship day in port history when Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas arrived with a record-breaking 5,931 passengers and 2,113 crew on May 30.

Nine cruise ships visited for the first time.

There were four overnight calls, seven triple ship days and nine double ship days.

Building on 2022's restart of cruising, 2023 brought continued opportunities to enhance the passenger and crew experience in Saint John. A new 'Welcome Crew' program, a dedicated cruise ship crew lounge and the Area 506 Waterfront Container Village continue to generate attention.

Port of the Year finalist

This dynamic and innovative approach was recognized in September, when Port Saint John earned a spot as a top three finalist for Seatrade Cruise Awards' Port of the Year.

'We're delighted with the results of this cruise season. We'd like to thank the large, resilient network of suppliers, stakeholders and many local businesses who help create a warm welcome for passengers visiting Saint John and the Bay of Fundy region,' said Natalie Allaby, director of cruise excellence at Port Saint John. 'We're already excited about our 2024 season and continuing to share our outstanding destination, exceptional cruise facilities and extraordinary experiences with the world.'

$68m economic impact

Port Saint John President/CEO Craig Bell Estabrooks added: 'We’re proud of our team, partners, and the larger tourism ecosystem this season and every season who make the industry’s $68 million economic impact possible.'

The 2024 cruise schedule will be released in January.