Cruises make nearly $600,000 impact in Duluth in 2023

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) has announced that the cruise season generated nearly $600,000 in direct economic impact in the city of Duluth in 2023.

This impact included spending at shops, restaurants, for transportation and more.

“It is great to see so many folks coming from all over the country and the world into our community,” said Dan Hartman, Executive Director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. “The lion’s share of these guests would not be visiting our community otherwise and now they know of this great place we call Duluth.”

According to the DECC, more than 4,000 passengers visited Duluth in 2023 aboard the four the cruise ships Ocean Navigator, Octantis, Polaris and Hanseatic Inspiration.

“Cruise the Great Lakes remains committed to promoting the remarkable cruising experiences available in our region,” said Anna Tanski, Tourism Director of Cruise the Great Lakes. “The year-on-year growth in passengers, port visits, onshore spending, and the increasing premium on Great Lakes cruises reflect the region’s growing popularity as a destination.”

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