Great Lakes/Seaway delegation attends cruise industry event
A delegation from the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway region attended the 2016 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Exhibition in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the spring to market cruising the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system to cruise shipowners and operators.
The bi-national delegation included Mike Riehl, Toronto Port Authority; Will Friedman, Port of Cleveland; Linda Hart, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Holland, Michigan; Rebecca Yackley, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; Peter Burgess, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation; Stefane Scourtelis, Navitrans Shipping Agency; Cindy Larson, Lakeshore Area Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon, Michigan; Noreen Cartwright, Government of Ontario; and Stephen Burnett, Executive Director, Great Lakes Cruising Coalition.
“Our visit to Seatrade was easily one of the most productive since we have attended this show, with a significant number of potential cruise customers asking technical information about the Great Lakes system,” Burnett said.
Initiatives to increase the amount of passenger cruise ships using the Great Lakes were discussed at the exhibition. According to the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Ponant Cruise Lines will expand its fleet with the potential to bring a new ship into the system. Purchase and renovation of the cruise ship Yorktown is also pending. Yorktown has previously sailed in the Great Lakes.
The Pearl Mist and the former Saint Laurent, renamed The Victory as part of Victory Cruises, are operating in the Lakes this summer.