The 2016 cruise season gets underway in Atlantic Canada this weekend with the arrival of the Holland America Veendam in the region
The Atlantic Canada Cruise Association (ACCA) is forecasting approximately 611,000 passengers will visit Atlantic Canada in during the 2016 cruise season, according to a press release. This is an increase from 550,651 in 2015.
“The cruise sector in Atlantic Canada continues to be strong,” said Nora Fever, Chair of ACCA. “Our ports deliver world-class experiences and we continue to be an attractive cruise option for visitors and cruise lines alike. We are delighted to be welcoming so many passengers during a season that stretches from late April to early November.”
A number of Atlantic Canada’s smaller, niche ports will see visits by cruise lines this year. Pictou, NS will continue to build on its award-winning 2015 cruise season while Summerside, PEI will see its first ever cruise ship call later this year.
This year will also see the return of Disney Cruise Line to Atlantic Canada and inaugural calls from the Norwegian Breakaway and Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas.
“Cruise remains among the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry,” said Fever. “The growth Atlantic Canada has seen over the past ten years is a sign of the confidence cruise lines have in our ability to deliver what guests are looking for when they travel.”