Cruise Ship Brings 200 Passengers To ClaytonPosted: Updated: Sep 13, 2018 04:30 PM
The tourism season is pretty much over, so it's a nice boost when a cruise ship dumps 200 visitors right downtown at this time of year.
The Pearl Mist docked at Frink Park in Clayton Thursday morning.
It set sail from Toronto and will make its way through the St. Lawrence River, ending on Portland, Maine.
Clayton and the Thousand Islands were the cruise's first stops along the way.
"It's beautiful. In Washington State, we have places like this, islands like this, but these are just beautiful," said Pat Cleavenger, cruise passenger.
Once the ship docked, tourists got a chance to explore the Thousand Islands.
"We went to the boat museum and we stopped at the Catholic church and it was so pretty inside," Cleavenger said, "and then we just looked at some of the little stores here."
Martha Walti, who owns Hilda's, says the extra foot traffic helps small businesses.
"It increases our business for the day because there is actually more people out," she said. It's good this time of year because it is a little more quiet after Labor Day."
It's not just the shops in downtown Clayton getting business from these tourists. Several of them jumped on a bus and headed over to Coyote Moon Vineyards for some wine tasting."
"We love when we get to have the opportunity to have people that are from all over the country," Coyote Moon's Kristina Randazzo Ives said, "and even all over the world come in off of a cruise ship because it gives an opportunity to show what we have here in Clayton, New York.
About 50 people decided to spend part of their day at Coyote Moon.
The cruise's next stop in Montreal.