Published on : Monday, August 28, 2017
In a ranking by the online cruising forum Cruise Critic, San Diego was rated by cruise travellers as the fourth best port among destinations across the U.S. and Canada.
It marks the second row continuously that this region has been able to earn a top five designation, beating places including Key West, Fla and much behind Maine, Bar Harbor, San Francisco and Quebec City this year. The high rankings seem to be in sync with San Diego but then it has been a spectator to a slowly growing cruise industry business that started declining about seven years ago just after a boom the mid-2000s.
The cruise industry here has started thriving again thanks to a strong interest from Disney Cruise Line as well as the most frequent visitor of this port, Holland America.
For the upcoming 2017 to 2018 season commencing in September, the Port of San Diego expects 83 calls. And, the passenger volume is expected to rise from over 224,000 to 242,000 as per Adam Deaton, the port’s cruise marketing representative. These numbers are up from the season of 2015 to 2016 when there were 69 stops from San Diego that accounted for 198,399 passengers.
Deaton added that for 2018 to 2019’s cruise season about 96 calls are expected and therefore they have been projecting that they would be close to about 300,000 passengers.
The Disney Cruise Line has also started expanding its presence in San Diego.
The passengers of the cruises feel that San Diego has some rally fantastic amenities, as they have mentioned in the ranking survey.