Published on : Friday, November 17, 2017
The city witnessed the arrival of 239 cruise ship calls and 600,000 passengers this year up from 224 calls and 536,000 passengers in 2016.
The cruise ship season that continues from April to the month of October also observed over 239,000 crew members visit the city as well. Ian Robertson who is the CEO of Greater Victoria Harbour Authority mentioned that is actually a sign that cruise line brands are attracted to Victoria.
In a statement Robertson feels that higher number of ship calls portrays an increasing interest in their city not just during the peak summer season but also the months of late spring and early fall too.
This June about 40 years after this port started welcoming cruise ship travellers the seven-millionth guest set foot in this city amidst a lot of pomp and glory.
She was surprised with gift certificates and flowers at Ogden Point.
The GVHA mentioned that smaller boutique cruise lines have been making a stopover in this city and it is really a trend that is predicted to grow as trips to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska increases in popularity.
The authority has went on to add that it plans to build an extended mooring dolphin at the port to accommodate a brand new cruise vessel that is the Norwegian Bliss that is expected to make regular trips to Alaska through Victoria starting in June 2018.