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Charlottetown Harbour Authority Sets Course for Another Solid Cruise Season

  

(May 06, 2014 - Charlottetown, PE) A sure sign that warmer weather is on its way, the Historic Charlottetown Seaport is set to welcome its first cruise ship of the season this Thursday, May 8th, with the arrival of Holland America’s Veendam. 

Historically, May long weekend has been the time that local businesses and retailers gear up for the tourism season, but with the consistent calls of visiting cruise ships, the tourist season is starting earlier. Holland America, a longtime visitor to the Island, continues to call on Charlottetown regularly, beginning early in May. 

“We’ve seen the cruise industry continue to grow here on Prince Edward Island over the past number of years, and this is a wonderful opportunity to expand operations for the local tour operators, and retailers,” explains Stan MacPherson, Chair of the Board at the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.

This year is no exception to the consistent growth in the length of the cruise season. With the first ship calling this Thursday, May 08, the ships will continue to call on Charlottetown, right up until early November.  Royal Caribbean has offered a relatively new itinerary, which will call on Charlottetown into November, wrapping up the cruise season on November 6th.

“Cruise ships has become a very important part of the tourism industry on Prince Edward Island,” said Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson. “Not only do the passengers on these ships help support local businesses when they arrive, but they are also exposed to everything the Island offers a vacation destination, which helps plant the seeds for future visitation.”

The 2014 season is scheduled to welcome 68 ship calls and just over 93,000 passengers and 42,000 crew. In total, 135,435 are projected to visit, with four inaugural visits, including the Pearl Mist with Pearl Sea Cruises, the Ruby Princess with Princess Cruise Lines, the Europa with Hapag-Lloyd, and the Legend of the Seas with Royal Caribbean. 

Another new addition to this year’s schedule is two overnight stays by Pearl Sea Cruises, with the Pearl Mist. This ship is scheduled to overnight in Charlottetown on October 2, and again on October 24. “This is a great opportunity for the Island to showcase all of the great activities that typically take place later in the day and into the evening, “states Corryn Morrissey, Manager of Marketing and Communications with the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.

For more information on Cruise in Prince Edward Island and for a complete 2014 Cruise Schedule, visit www.historiccharlottetownseaport.com.

 

 



Historic Charlottetown Seaport Looks to Another Solid Cruise Season in 2014

 

(January 13, 2014 – Charlottetown, PEI)  With the completion of a record-breaking cruise season in 2013, the Charlottetown Harbour Authority looks forward to another solid season in 2014.

The 2014 cruise season will kick off on May 08, with a call from Holland America’s Veendam. Holland America, the Harbour Authority’s largest cruise client, has 47 of the 64 ship calls scheduled for this season.

 The schedule is set to welcome approximately 133,370 passengers and crew and will once again welcome back calls from Holland America through the summer months. “Coming off of such a great cruise season in 2013, we are thrilled to be maintaining such strong numbers,” states Corryn Morrissey, Manager of Marketing and Communications with the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “Having the opportunity to welcome ships during the summer months is a great addition to an already successful industry.”

This year’s season will begin early May and will welcome ships right through to early November. The Legend of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship, will wrap up the season with a 12-night Canada and Bermuda cruise. “This repositioning cruise is a wonderful way to wrap up the 2014,” says Les Parsons, CEO for the Harbour Authority.

For the most up to date schedule visit the Historic Charlottetown Seaport’s website at www.historiccharlottetownseaport.com . 




Historic Charlottetown Seaport sets new record for Cruise on Prince Edward Island in 2013

(October 30, 2013 – Charlottetown, PE) With the successful completion of the 2013 cruise season on Prince Edward Island, the Historic Charlottetown Seaport has taken cruising to our Island to a whole new level. This year welcomed a record number of passengers and crew to the Historic Charlottetown Seaport, generating an astounding $10.4 million* estimated economic impact on Prince Edward Island. This number surpasses last year’s by a staggering $3 million confirms the value the cruise industry to PEI and our region.

The 2013 cruise season closed with total visitation of 93,000 passengers and 41,500 crew. These numbers surpass last year’s by 25,400 and 9,800 respectively. “A contributing factor to this year’s success has been the addition of the Holland America’s summer sailings, along with an incredible fall season accompanied by great weather,” explains Les Parsons, Chief Executive Officer of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.

The 2012 season, recorded 51 ship visits and 67,562 passengers, and had 7 ship calls cancel due to inclement weather. “Seeing the year over year increase in cruise visitation to PEI speaks volumes for the efforts that have been placed on growing this business,” says Stan MacPherson, Chair of the Board for the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.

The 2014 season is also looking good. “Now that we’ve seen such significant growth over the past number of years, we will be looking to maintain these numbers for the 2014 season,” states Corryn Morrissey, Manager of Marketing and Communications with the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “With the cruise industry facing Emission Control legislation in our region, we are pleased with our numbers.”


Historic Charlottetown Seaport Sets Sights on Phenomenal 2013 Cruise Season

  

(November 29, 2012 – Charlottetown, PE) After wrapping up a great season in 2012 for cruise, the Charlottetown Harbour Authority is setting its’ sights on yet another record breaking season. 2013 will see a grand total of 74 ships scheduled carrying 98,530 passengers and 45,263 crew, surpassing the 2012 schedule by 17 ships, and  28, 598 passengers and crew. 

A major addition to the 2013 schedule is the announcement of the deployment of Holland America’s Veendam on the Canada New England Itinerary. This will include a full six-month sailing schedule in the region for Holland America, doubling its capacity in Canada New England. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our summer months,” explains Corryn Morrissey, Manager of Marketing and Communications with the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “We’ve done an exceptional job marketing our fall season for this region, and now we have an opportunity to show both the cruise lines and visiting passengers just how great our summers are as well."

The 2013 season will kick off early may with a visit from Holland America’s Veendam on May 08th. As well, the Historic Charlottetown Seaport will host two inaugural calls from the MV Alexander von Humboldt on July 22nd, and the Astor on August 24th

 

Historic Charlottetown Seaport reports Record Breaking Season in 2012

(November 21, 2012 – Charlottetown, PE) The Historic Charlottetown Seaport has wrapped up another successful cruise season on Prince Edward Island. The 2012 cruise season welcomed a record number of passengers and crew to the Historic Charlottetown Seaport generating an impressive $13.4 million* estimated economic impact on Prince Edward Island. The Charlottetown Harbour Authority continues to see growth in cruise on PEI.

The 2012 cruise season closed with total visitation of passengers and crew of 99,014. These numbers could have been even higher, as there were 57 ships originally scheduled to visit. However, weather caused the cancellation of 7 ships and Hurricane Sandy provided an unscheduled visit from a smaller vessel, ending the season with 51 total ship calls. “We had a fantastic cruise season here on Prince Edward Island,” explains Les Parsons, Chief Executive Officer of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “Our numbers continue to grow year over year, with 2012 being a record breaking season, and 2013 is projected to continue this upward trend.”

The 2013 season is currently set to take another 30% jump from the 2012 schedule. There are an additional 22 ships scheduled to arrive next year. “We’re thrilled to have this kind of demand from the cruise lines,” states Corryn Morrissey, Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “We are continually working to market Prince Edward Island as an in-demand cruise destination, and this is a good indication that the lines see the value in bringing their ships here as well.”

 

Historic Charlottetown Seaport Welcomes record number of passengers and crew to Prince Edward Island 

 

(October 03, 2012 Charlottetown PE) As tourism gears down on Prince Edward Island for the year, the Cruise season is just ramping up for its grand finale. In a mere five weeks, the Historic Charlottetown Seaport will welcome over 51,000 passengers and 23,000 crew.

 The week of October 8th will see 18,899 passengers and 8,400 crew hitting the streets and making their way around the Island. Twelve ships calling in only seven days represent these numbers.

 “These numbers are unprecedented for our Cruise business on Prince Edward Island. The Fall season has typically been busy for us, but this is certainly an impressive amount of people for this time of year.” States Les Parsons, CEO of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. 

 With the Cruise lines making these scheduled stops, the Harbour Authority is also wrapping up the last three inaugural visits.  These three inaugural calls will take place on October 05th with the Seabourn Sojourn, October 07 with the MV Arcadia and October 09 with the Emerald Princess.

“We’re really encouraging local tourism operators, restaurants and retailers to be open and ready with this many people arriving next week.” Suggested Corryn Morrissey, Manger of Marketing and Communications with the Authority.

 

Historic Charlottetown Seaport Set to Kick off Record Breaking Season for Cruise on Prince Edward Island

(Charlottetown, PE April 25, 2012) The Historic Charlottetown Seaport is getting set to host a record number of cruise ships for the 2012 cruise season, with the first ship arriving May 6, 2012.

With the first call set to take place Sunday, May 6th, Holland America’s Maasdam will make her debut for the season, which will kick off the first of 18 calls. With a total of 57 calls scheduled for this season, just under 50% will come from Holland America. Holland America will represent 38,165 passengers and 17,064, crew of the 79,786 passengers and 35,409 crew scheduled to arrive.

“The cruise industry in Atlantic Canada, and particularly on PEI have been growing at an incredible pace,” states Stan MacPherson, Chair of the board of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “The economic spin-offs that cruise brings to the Island is a welcome sight, specifically in slower times of the year for tourism operators.” 

With the addition of 18 ship calls this year, 2012 is set to be the biggest cruise season ever on Prince Edward Island. The season will kick off early May, but will really start to pick up in September for what will be the busiest fall cruise season yet.

“The fall has always been a busy time for cruise in Atlantic Canada, but this year will certainly be our biggest to date.” Explains Corryn Morrissey, Manager of Marketing and Communications with the Seaport. “With quite a few multiple ships days scheduled for September and October, we’re encouraging businesses to remain open and be ‘cruise friendly’ this fall.”

October 9th of this season will bring approximately 11,000 passengers and crew in one day, and this is only one of many multiple ship days this year. This type of traffic brings many opportunities for Island businesses to become involved and benefit from the cruise industry.

The last day of cruise for Prince Edward Island this year will be October 28, with a call from the SS Navigator, a Regent Seven Seas ship.


Cruise in Prince Edward Island continues to be a strong force for Island Tourism

(October 25, 2011-Charlottetown, PE) The Historic Charlottetown Seaport has wrapped up another successful cruise season here on Prince Edward Island. The 2011 cruise season generated $12.9 million* in economic impact on PEI, and despite a decline in tourism numbers this year, cruise remains in a growth pattern moving into the 2012 season. The 2011 cruise season will wrap up with total visitation of passengers and crew 90, 021. "We're extremely pleased to see the cruise industry so vibrant in Charlottetown," explains Les Parsons, Chief Executive Officer of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. "Our numbers have remained in a consistent growth pattern over the past couple of years, and 2012 will be no exception, with our largest year over year growth to date." [More]

New Shore Excursions in Charlottetown Proving To Be A Big Hit For Visiting Cruise Lines and Their Passengers
(Charlottetown, PE November 10, 2010) The Cruise industry is the fastest growing sector in Tourism and Charlottetown is no stranger to adapting to these emerging markets. In an effort to expand our Shore Excursion product Aquila Tours partnered with the Culinary Institute of Canada to offer the Seafood 101 Culinary Bootcamp. After just one visit, the shore excursion received such rave reviews from passengers that the Executive Chef onboard the ship decided to participate! [More]

Charlottetown Harbour Authority Enjoys Record Breaking Year and Looks to an Even Better 2011 Cruise Season
(September 21, 2010 Charlottetown, PE) With the fall season now in full swing, so is the cruise schedule at the Historic Charlottetown Seaport. Passenger and crew numbers have consistently grown over the past few years as the number and size of ships making Charlottetown a Port of Call continue to grow. [More]

Charlottetown Harbour Authority Celebrates 100th Visit of Holland America's Ship the Maasdam
(June 23, 2010 - Charlottetown, PE) There is nothing more majestic than watching a ship glide through the harbour on a beautiful sunny morning and Holland America's ship the Maasdam is no stranger to this harbour. Today marks the 100th visit to the Island by this ship, a mainstay in the cruising industry for Charlottetown and the entire Atlantic Region. [More]