Cruise Ships

Charlottetown is Prince Edward Island’s Capital City. Consider us as the hidden gem in Canada New England.

In our seaside city, historic small town charm meets urban flair. Explore our city completely by foot and discover everything from delightful seaside dining to quaint shops, stories of our colorful history and vibrant culture that will immerse you in our heritage. We’re best known as the Birthplace of Confederation referring to the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, discussions which ultimately led to the formation of Canada.

Prince Edward Island, often referred to as the "Garden of the Gulf" is also the beloved home of Anne of Green Gables, a novel loved by millions around the world.

And if you still can’t place us perhaps you’ve sampled our World Famous PEI Potatoes, Malpeque Oysters, Island Mussels and of course lobster. Many of these Island delicacies can be found on restaurant menus throughout Canada and the United States.

With the expansion of the south berth and Welcome Centre in 2007, Charlottetown has experienced major growth in the number of cruise ships. We are now ready to accommodate larger vessels. In 2008 cruise ship visitation grew from 19,000 to 57,326 passengers. In 2012, the Charlottetown Harbour Authority is looking forward to welcoming 74,000 passengers and 36,700 crew.

Year Ships Passengers
1997 10 6366
1998 8 2115
1999 16 7030
2000 20 7728
2001 23 8376
2002 22 19,503
2003 19 14,803
2004 28 23,118
2005 23 23,894
2006 25 28,830
2007 16 19,358
2008 36 57,236
2009 41 63,073