In 2023, four cruise ships brought over 4,000 passengers to Duluth, including the Ocean Navigator, Octantis, Polaris, and Hanseatic Inspiration. Regionally, nearly 25,000 passengers made 800 visits to Great Lakes ports, representing a more than 20% increase from the previous year. The Great Lakes cruises that arrived in Duluth had a significant economic impact, contributing nearly $600,000 in direct spending to the city. This spending supported a variety of businesses, including shops, restaurants, transportation providers, tour operators, and small businesses in Duluth and other Great Lakes ports.
Dan Hartman, Executive Director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center expressed enthusiasm about the influx of visitors noting that many of them would not have come to Duluth otherwise and now have discovered the city’s appeal. Anna Tanski Tourism Director of Cruise the Great Lakes highlighted the organization’s commitment to promoting unique cruising experiences available in the region emphasizing growing popularity of Great Lakes cruises as a destination.
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