2017 cruise season kicks off tomorrow; expected to bring record volumes to Canada Place
The 2017 cruise season officially kicks off tomorrow at the Port of Vancouver with the arrival of the Star Princess at Canada Place cruise terminal. Approximately 840,000 cruise passengers on 237 vessel visits are expected in Vancouver this year, a two per cent increase in passenger volume over 2016.
“Vancouver cruise passenger volumes have been strong and steady since 2013. This year, we are forecasting our highest passenger volumes since 2010,” said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We are thrilled to welcome even more visitors this year to our cruise terminal at Canada Place.”
The Vancouver cruise industry stimulates on average nearly $3 million in direct economic activity for each vessel that visits Canada Place, and the
2016 cruise season directly generated nearly 7,000 jobs across Canada, $300 million in wages, and contributed $840 million to national GDP.
As a top global destination, Vancouver continues to attract a wide spectrum of cruise lines and passengers from around the world. This year, 33 different vessels from 15 cruise lines will be visiting Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver ranging from luxury and smaller expedition style ships designed to carry small groups of passengers, to some of the largest vessels in the Alaska cruise market.
Highlights for 2017:
- The Port of Vancouver’s Canada Place cruise terminal welcomes the return of Holland America, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent, Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Crystal Cruises and Silversea Cruises. These cruise lines all have vessels that use the Port of Vancouver as a home port, which is where the cruise begins and ends its journey.
- More than 840,000 passengers are expected on 237 vessel visits in Vancouver in 2017. This represents a two per cent increase in passenger volumes compared to the 2016 season. Each cruise ship that docks at the Port of Vancouver contributes, on average, $2.85 million to the local economy.
- Golden Princess will be overnighting in Vancouver on July 1 to enjoy the Canada Day celebrations at Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver and fireworks for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
- The World, the largest private residential ship, will visit the Port of Vancouver during three stops on its world-wide itinerary.
- Some of the largest vessels that visit the Port of Vancouver include the Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, Crown Princess and the Celebrity Solstice. Princess Cruise vessels can accommodate up to 3,100 passengers.
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About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the parent company of Canada Place Corporation, the homeport to Vancouver-Alaska cruises, and is responsible for the administration and oversight of Canada Place Operations. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain an estimated 100,000 supply-chain jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada.
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