Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and Cruise the Great Lakes Announce Record-Breaking 2022 Cruising Season
52 cruise ships visited Detroit in 2022 contributing to $125m economic impact for cruising in the Great Lakes region
On October 14, 2022, the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and Cruise the Great Lakes celebrated a record-breaking 2022 cruise ship season for Detroit and the Great Lakes region while touring one of the last vessels to visit Detroit this year, PONANT’s small exploration ship Le Bellot. 2023 is projected to attract even more ships and passenger traffic than ever before.
2022 was a record-breaking year for Great Lakes cruising with nearly 150,000 passenger visits to Great Lakes ports, an increase of more than 25% from the last cruising season. Overall, Great Lakes cruising generated an economic impact of over US$125 million, with destinations large and small throughout the region.
For 2023, Cruise the Great Lakes expects another yearly record with nearly 170,000 cruise passenger visits to regional ports, up 15% from this year. Two new ships will also join the Great Lakes cruise fleet next year: Viking Polaris and Hanseatic Inspiration, bringing the total number of cruise ships on the Great Lakes to 11. This represents a year-on-year increase of over 20%.
The full press release can be found here.