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By BCShippingNews 03 April 2017

Once again, Canada’s West Coast ports are gearing up for a busy cruise season which will see the return of favourites like the Disney Wonder, the Explorer of the Seas and the Crystal Serenity (which is going for a second year of Arctic adventures following a very successful launch of the Northwest Passage route in 2016). New vessels, such as the Emerald Princess and the Carnival Miracle will be welcomed this year as will the Seabourn Sojourn, a high-end luxury liner that has, get this, a passenger-to-crew rate of about 1:4. In reviewing activities with the four main destinations for cruise ships in B.C. —Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince Rupert and Victoria — BC Shipping News finds high optimism, coupled with hard-working staff getting ready to welcome the first passengers in early April.

Photo above: Nanaimo's Cruise Terminal can accommodate vessels of any size (photo courtesy Nanaimo Port Authority)

Vancouver

As a top global destination and important economic generator for the City, Vancouver continues to attract a wide spectrum of cruise lines and passengers as Canada’s largets homeport. Carmen Ortega, Manager, Cruise Services and Canada Place Operations with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, noted that 2017 will continue the trend of increasing passenger numbers. “We are expecting another strong season with just over 840,000 passengers on 237 calls,” she said. That’s up from the almost 827,000 seen in 2016 — which was up from the 805,000 seen in 2015.