Coming off a strong 2015, this year will be consistent for Cruiseport Boston before things pick up in 2017.
“We have the exact same number of calls this year, 50 turns and 64 transits,” said Michael Vanderbeek, deputy port director, business development. “The main thing going on in the market this year are maiden calls with the Anthem of the Seas and Disney Magic.”
Both the Anthem and Magic called in Boston in May of this year.
Of the portfolio of ship turnarounds, Vanderbeek said it was split relatively evenly between Canada/New England and ships heading south to Bermuda or the Bahamas.
Boston’s business is a seasonal one, with this year coming to a close with a Celebrity Cruises visit on November 17.
“We are seeing it creep later in the season,” Vanderbeek noted. “One of the trends in the region has been the foliage is going later. I think there is potential for more shoulder season activity. There is a sweet spot between the current season and the holidays; Thanksgiving to Christmas, it’s really quite nice with a mild temperature.”
For 2017, the turnaround business builds to 61 calls, a 22 percent increase over 2017, and part of a massive 146-call season for the port.