Port St. Maarten has seen a growth of fifteen percent over projections from January to June. Port management anticipates a “stable off-season” and a “strong” high season similar to pre-Hurricane Irma numbers in 2017. A total of 733,666 cruise passengers via 230 cruise ship calls visited in the first half of the year. March had the highest number of calls (55) with cruisers numbering 137,375. April had 39 calls and 128,714 passengers. May and June clocked more than 120,000 cruise passengers each, via 30 and 27 ship calls respectively. May brought 120,907 and June 120,226. There were 112,511 passengers and 37 ships calls in January. February had 113,893 cruise passengers via 42 ship calls. The country will see an increase in European cruise lines starting in October. This is expected to further add to current forecast numbers for the high season, bringing the tally to pre-hurricane numbers.