Summerside sees the return of cruise ships starting in June
Two now scheduled to visit the port, first in five years
The City of Summerside says the cruise ship business is on the rise, with two visits scheduled this season.
It's been five years since a cruise ship last docked in the city, but the Port of Summerside is hoping business will now grow each year.
"That's the objective," said Arnold Croken, president of the board of directors of the port. "They told us when we started to pursue this, if you get two ships within five years you'll be doing well."
The most recent booking is the Adventure Canada, with approximately 175 passengers, set to visit Summerside on June 6.
Looking for side trips
Adventure Canada is also interested in identifying side trips and shore excursions passengers could take with more economic spinoffs outside the city.
"They are interested not only in Summerside, but all the way up to North Cape, so it's a Prince County-wide venture, it gives operators the opportunity to compete in this market," said Croken.
The second cruise ship, the Silver Whisper, will dock in October, and is expected to bring almost 400 passengers to Summerside.
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