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Saint John, N.B., expects 19 per cent increase in cruise ship passengers in 2018

the federal government is kicking in additional cash  to help grow the industry with close to $330,000 earmarked for marketing.
the federal government is kicking in additional cash to help grow the industry with close to $330,000 earmarked for marketing. File / Global News

The port of Saint John, N.B., is expecting a banner cruise ship season, with nearly a quarter of a million passengers and crew to visit in 2018.

Port Saint John president Jim Quinn says it will be the fourth consecutive year of growth and a significant increase in the number of cruise guests.

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The port is expecting 75 ships, bringing about 176,000 passengers and 70,000 crew.

Quinn says that’s a 19 per cent increase in passengers over 2017.

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There will be 14 days this year when Saint John has two ships in port and two days where there are three ships in the harbour.

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Quinn says cruise activity brings $49.9 million into the provincial economy each year.

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