New England and Eastern Canada have been growing in popularity among cruise lines since passengers are interested in additional ports of call. Bob Sharak, executive vice-president of marketing for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), says “there is a giant market waiting to be tapped without the cost and inconvenience of air travel.” CLIA says the cruise business has been growing, from four million passengers in 1990 to 13 million in 2008. The top destination is the Caribbean, followed by Mediterranean, Europe and Alaska. Cruise travelers have additional itineraries in New England and Eastern Canada.
Participating Cruise Lines and Ports of Call
Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess and Crown Princess have seven-, nine- and ten-day cruises with stops in Quebec City, Nova Scotia, Saint John, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport and New York City (Manhattan or Brooklyn).
Royal Caribbean cruise line’s Enchantment of the Seas leaves round trip from the port of Baltimore with different three, nine-night itineraries and one, eight-night cruise. Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas has two, nine-night from Cape Liberty Cruise Port, and Jewel of the Seas has four, seven-night cruises from Boston. Royal Caribbean has New England ports of Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine, Boston, Massachusetts. Canadian ports include Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Glory has four-, five- and seven-day cruises departing from New York. It makes stops in Saint John, Halifax, Boston and Portland according to itinerary.
Holland America’sms Maasdam has a seven-day cruise departing from Boston making stops in Bar Harbor, Maine, Halifax, Sydney, Prince Edward, Quebec City and Montreal, Canada.
Impact on Local Economy
Cruise passengers to Portland, Maine usually spend from $80 to $110 each, according to Nicole Clegg, city spokeswoman. With 75,000 passengers visiting, it will boost the economy by $6 million to $8.25 million. Peak months for cruise ships coming to the region are September and October. Now it is July and August with talks of Holland America coming as early as April.
All included cruise lines have large ships for accommodating any size travel group such as families, groups and couples. If this is your first-time to cruise, you may want to consider a shorter cruise such as Carnival’s four-day itinerary. If your goal is to visit Canada, you may opt for Princess Cruises’ or Holland America’s itineraries. Royal Caribbean offers the most departure ports and it may mean a shorter drive.
Canada East: New England, Cdn ports expect more cruise ships as region grows in popularity