PortsToronto Celebrates Record-breaking Cruise Season at the Port of Toronto Cruise Ship Terminal

Sailing Success: PortsToronto Charts New Heights with Record-breaking Cruise Season at the Port of Toronto Cruise Ship Terminal

The Hanseatic Inspiration and Ponant's Le Dumont D'Urville docked at the Port of Toronto during the 2023 cruise ship season. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)

In a testament to the thriving maritime industry, PortsToronto proudly concludes yet another exceptional year at the Port of Toronto Cruise Ship Terminal, setting new records with the arrival of 45 ships and hosting nearly 18,000 passengers throughout 2023. This achievement marks yet another milestone in the annals of Great Lakes cruising, reinforcing Toronto’s status as a premier destination for maritime travel.

RJ Steenstra, President and CEO of PortsToronto, expressed elation, stating, “I am thrilled to cap off another record season at the Port of Toronto Cruise Ship Terminal, welcoming thousands of visitors to Toronto through the harbour’s scenic Eastern Gap. We are proud to be connecting visitors to Toronto through our city’s remarkable waterfront and to operate a transportation network that brings connectivity, tourism, and investment to our city.”

The Port of Toronto has played host to an array of distinguished cruise lines, including Viking, Hapag-Lloyd, Ponant, Plantours, American Queen, and Pearl Seas. Noteworthy additions to this year’s roster were the inaugural visits of the Viking Polaris and Hanseatic Inspiration, adding prestige and diversity to the terminal’s maritime portfolio.

Toronto, situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, has emerged as a sought-after urban hub and a strategic departure point for cruise adventures across the Great Lakes, often perceived as unexplored treasures waiting to be discovered. Conveniently located next to downtown Toronto, the Port of Toronto Cruise Ship Terminal offers passengers a swift five-kilometre journey to the city’s vibrant shopping districts, theaters, sporting events, and world-class restaurants.

Beyond providing a gateway to the city’s attractions, the Port of Toronto contributes significantly to the local economy by supporting tourism, entertainment, and hospitality sectors. Moreover, cruising facilitates the movement of international travelers, injecting vitality into the far reaches of the Great Lakes and the smaller towns and ports of Northern Ontario. According to Cruise the Great Lakes, an initiative led by the Conference of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers, cruising generated an economic value exceeding $120 million USD for the region’s ports and communities in 2021.

As exploration cruising gains momentum, the Great Lakes cruising sector anticipates continued growth in both the number of ships and passengers. PortsToronto foresees another robust year for cruise tourism in 2024, building upon the success of the record-breaking 2023 season.

(Photo from PortsToronto)

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