Two cruise ships arrived in St. John’s this week, marking the beginning of this year’s cruise season.
On Monday, the first 900 passengers to visit by cruise ship spent the day in St. John’s before leaving in the early evening. This year, 42,000 cruise ship passengers are expected to visit St. John’s on 37 ships.
Coun. Debbie Hanlon says St. John’s is increasing its presence as a destination for cruise lines.
“The cruise industry continues to grow stronger as our city’s reputation for warm hospitality and unique cultural experiences bring more cruise lines to our harbour,” she stated in a news release.
Seventeen different cruise lines are scheduled to dock in St. John’s throughout the season. In September, the Sapphire Princess will bring the largest number of passengers, with an estimated count of 2,670.
The cruise ship season ends in late October. The next ship is scheduled to arrive May 20 and bring in 1,158 passengers.
The city says it would like to remind residents that parking on Harbour Drive will be limited when cruise ships arrive, to accommodate tour buses and passenger transportation. Arrival dates and times are available through a schedule on the city’s website.