Wednesday, August 22 will kick off the remainder of the 2012 cruise season for Charlottetown Seaport and promises to be the busiest fall for the port.

The 2012 cruise schedule is a record breaker in more ways than one, according to a release from Charlottetown Seaport.

2012 marks the highest volume of passengers and crew the port has seen to date, and also, the busiest fall season to date. With 46 more ships yet to arrive of the 57 originally scheduled this year, local businesses are sure to see the sidewalks filled with passengers and crew.

The 46 ships arriving this fall will carry just over 67,000 passengers and approximately 30,000 crew.

“This is such a great boost to the economy in what is typically a slower time of year,” explains Stan MacPherson, Chair of the Board for the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “Business like this certainly enhances opportunities for seasonal businesses to extend their operating dates.”

In addition to an increase in numbers, the Seaport will also be hosting the largest number of inaugural calls it has ever seen in one cruise season. With a total of eight inaugural calls on the books this year, seven of these are scheduled for this fall. “This is great news for cruise business on the island, ” states Corryn Morrissey, Manager of Marketing and Communications at the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “We have a tremendous opportunity to welcome new cruise lines and ships to our port and showcase the many reasons for them to return in future years.”

The ships scheduled to make their inaugural calls this year are the Quest for Adventure, holding 450 passengers; the Aurora with just over 2,000 passengers; the Artania with 1,200 passengers; the Norwegian Dawn with 2,224 passengers; Brilliance of the Seas with 2,500 passengers; and the Seaborne Sojourn with 450 passengers.

There are also a record number of multiple ship days scheduled for September and October, with as many as three ships in the harbour in a single day. October 9 will host three ships with a staggering 7,825 passengers and 3,185 crew.