N.L. 2015 cruise season successful despite slight slowdown

The Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador says that despite some weather-related cancellations, they had a successful year.

Over 50,000 passengers and crew visited province over six month period

The Regal Princess cruise ship docked in St. John's was the largest the city has seen to date. (CBC)

The Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador says that despite some weather-related cancellations, they had a successful year.

A total of 20 cruise ships from 15 different cruise operators visited Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015, making 53 calls at 16 ports.

The NL Cruise Association did not live up to its projected a 10 per cent increase in cruise passengers this year, instead receiving 1,377 fewer passengers than in 2014.

Weather caused five ships to cancel their visits this year, and mechanical issues stopped one ship from visiting 13 of its scheduled ports.

Last year's numbers were slightly higher, with 17 cruise operators making 69 calls at 26 ports.

However, St. John's saw its largest-ever cruise ship this season: the Regal Princess, which carried roughly 5,000 passengers and crew.
The Regal Princess brought upwards of 5,000 passengers and crew to St. John's. (Sobhana V)

In Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, six different cruise operators with six ships made six port calls.

In the 2016 season, Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador is expecting 22 ships and a projected 50,000 passengers and crew.
The six-month cruise season began on May 23.

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