Cruise ship season kicks starts in Vancouver

Published on : Wednesday, April 12, 2017

cruiseThe cruise ships and the crowds they have been ushering in to Vancouver have started getting larger, thanks to the newly expanded Panama Canal.

 

The cruise shipping season of 2017 of Vancouver had kicked off right on Tuesday along with the arrival of the Star Princess at Canada Place cruise terminal. The ship has a capacity of carrying 3,100 passengers and they are among the first of an expected 840,000 cruise passengers aboard the 237 vessel visits that are expected in Vancouver this year that marks a 2% rise over the year 2016.

 

Carmen Ortega who is the manager of cruise services of the Port Authority said that they have been receiving more calls as well as bigger cruise ships.

 

The Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess would be the largest of the 33 vessels that would be making regular stops in Vancouver this year. Each of these ships are known to carry a maximum of 3,850 passengers. A decade ago, the ship was in the 2,000-passenger rang and were sailing out of Vancouver.

 

Greg Wirtz, president, Canada Cruise Lines International Association said that the cruise industry had started getting bigger about 10 years ago in anticipation of a US construction project worth $5-billion that was completed in June 2016.

 

Vancouver has meanwhile witnessed that the cruise passenger numbers have increased from just over 805,000 in 2015 to as much as 827,000 in 2016.

 

This year, it is expected that there would be about 840,000 cruise passengers, the highest number ever since 2010.

 

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