Princess Cruise Lines has cancelled three scheduled visits to Charlottetown this fall because of construction delayson the city's newWharf.

The Grand Princess was supposed to make three visits to Charlottetown, including one next week and two in October, but the cruise line decided to opt out after assessing the port facilities.

The Grand Princess is 290 meters long and has a capacity of about 2,600 passengers.

The wharf expansion, designed to accommodate larger cruise ships, was supposed to be completed in mid-August, but the Charlottetown Harbour Authority announced last month that since a cold springdelayed the start of work, upgrades would be completed in late September.

The authority is now saying renovations won't be completed until next spring.

According to a report prepared for the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association, a passenger disembarking at the port spends an average of $57 on food, local toursand souvenirs.

The cancellation spoils what would have been Charlottetown's biggest cruise ship day ever.

Holland America's Maasdam is due in port on Sept. 25, which would have beenthe sameday as the Grand Princess, potentially bringing3,866 visitors to the city for the day.