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High cruise passenger volumes expected at Canada Place terminal in the Port of Vancouver on September 23 and 25

September 21, 2017

High cruise passenger volumes are expected at and around the Canada Place cruise terminal on two upcoming days in September: Saturday, September 23 and Monday, September 25.

Peak high volume days Ships at Canada Place Estimated passengers per day
September 23, 2017

Star Princess / Coral Princess / Nieuw Amsterdam


September 25, 2017 Emerald Princess / Norwegian Sun / Oosterdam 12,000

On each day, a large number of embarking and disembarking cruise passengers is expected between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Canada Place. As a result, higher than normal traffic volumes are anticipated in the downtown core, along with increased demand for taxis and public transportation.

In an effort to accommodate the additional passengers, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which manages the Canada Place Cruise Terminal, is working with cruise lines, the City of Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver taxi companies and other transportation service providers and surrounding Canada Place stakeholders to raise awareness about the significantly increased demand.

Cruise passengers are asked not to arrive at Canada Place cruise terminal prior to their scheduled embarkation time so as to avoid further congestion while disembarking passengers are leaving their ships. Given the significant number of passengers, the port authority is advising disembarking passengers to make transportation arrangements in advance.

The port authority will have additional staff on site for these two days to assist with passenger inquiries. Vancouver Police Department Traffic Authority staff will be on site managing traffic and pedestrian flows at nearby crosswalks.

Vancouver expects to have welcomed approximately 840,000 cruise passengers on 237 vessel visits by the end of 2017, reflecting a two per cent increase in passenger volume over 2016. 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.

View Port of Vancouver’s 2017 Cruise Schedule

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 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 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.

Media contact:

Emily Hamer
Manager, Strategic Communications

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