Cruises to Canada have come a long way
since the Cunard Princess rerouted to Saint John, New Brunswick to avoid a tropical storm in
Bermuda in 1989.
helped open the cruise community to what is now the second-biggest
cruise destination on Canada's Atlantic coast.
Last spring, the
New York City Economic Development Corp. said that in 2007,
sailings to the Canadian Maritime Provinces will make up 51% of New
York's cruise passenger traffic, compared with the 39% going to the
Caribbean. In 2005, those numbers were flipped; 45% of cruise
passengers departing from New York went to the Caribbean, 32% went
"At the end of
the summer, people are tired of the heat. They may not want to go
to the Caribbean," said Jill Rosenberg, manager of group and
corporate travel for AAA New York. "They can experience cooler
weather and leave right out of New York."
the most popular cruises are fall foliage sailings that also call
in New England.
She added that
cruise lines now send their newest and biggest ships to Canada. In
the past, most would only send their "dinky" vessels
will increase its 2007 capacity to the region by 20%. Holland
American Line offered 22 sailings to Canada this year, up from 17
in 2005. Royal Caribbean has six sailings this year to Canada; in
2007, it will have 16.
"It is a popular
cruise region, particularly for families," said Mimi Weisband,
spokesperson for Crystal Cruises. "The convenience is a big factor;
one can see something different without going very far.
Crystal, bookings to the Maritimes were up 27% in 2006 over 2005.
The line will increase its cruise days to the region in
Crystal added calls at St. John and La Baie des Ha! Ha! in
Scotia, has invested $4.2 million in cruise infrastructure
development over the last 10 years. St. John will invest $21
million in a waterfront development project that includes a new
estimate cruise traffic to St. John will peak at 144,000 people and
59 ships in 2007, up from 87,000 this year.
challenge is getting recognition," said Paula Small, spokesperson
for the St. John Port Authority.
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