Just two years after welcoming the millionth cruise guest to the Port of Saint John (Helen Camper on August 6, 2008), the Port of Saint John is set to welcome its 1.5 millionth cruise guest during the disembarkation of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn at Long Wharf on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

New President & CEO of Saint John Port Authority Jim Quinn is delighted to be present to welcome the special guest and their travelling companion(s).  “It is amazing that it took only two years to add an additional half million cruise visitors to the total who have come to Saint John over the past 21 years.  Dramatic results such as these are evidence of the appeal of the region and the hard work and commitment of those developing and marketing the local tourism product, as well as those who work on the water and shore-sides of marine vessel operations.”

“We are pleased to celebrate this milestone with a Norwegian Cruise Line guest as NCL have been a long-standing client of the Port of Saint John and have shared our commitment to growing the Bay of Fundy product on the Canada New England itinerary,” added Betty MacMillan, Manager of Business Development with the Port Authority.

The lucky passenger who disembarks as the 1.5 millionth cruise visitor to Saint John tomorrow morning will be treated to a private guided limousine tour of Saint John and surrounding areas including lunch courtesy of the Caves Restaurant in St. Martin’s.  They will also be given a gift basket full of special mementoes from Saint John and visit the Mayor in the Red Room at City Hall.

The 2010 season has been a banner year for cruise in Saint John with 77 vessel calls scheduled and in excess of 200,000 guests.  The season will continue through to the end of the month.  After tomorrow’s triple-ship day, there will be an additional 16 vessel calls (including the October 11th double-ship day and the October 12th triple-ship day) remaining before the season closes with the Queen Mary 2 on October 29th.  Full schedule details are available at www.cruisesaintjohn.ca.