The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority welcomed the Norwegian Bliss, newest to the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) fleet and largest cruise ship to ever dock at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal, on her inaugural call from Seattle, WA.
The Norwegian Bliss will call each Friday from June to October, bringing up to 4,250 passengers and approximately 1,500 crew to the city of Victoria per call. Norwegian Bliss is the newest ship into this region and the largest ship built for the Alaskan Route. The ship features 20 decks, is 994 feet long, and will berth at Pier A South, directly adjacent to the Ogden Point Breakwater.
“We are very pleased to welcome the Norwegian Bliss to Victoria, a signal of the growth of the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal as a key connection for visitors to our city,” says Ian Robertson, CEO, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. “Our team has been working closely with the Norwegian Cruise Lines organization to truly celebrate this remarkable ship and her place in the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal schedule.”
Ogden Point Cruise Terminal is the busiest port of call in Canada, welcoming more than 245 ship calls and 600,000 passengers in 2018. The cruise industry brings an estimated $130 million per year into the regional economy, and 880 direct and indirect jobs.
“2017 was the best year ever for Canada’s tourism industry, and so far 2018 is on track to be another great year,” says Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. “Victoria’s thriving tourism industry, a significant component of which involves the cruise ship industry, is contributing to this success. I want to congratulate the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority on this fantastic achievement. Canada looks forward to welcoming the Norwegian Bliss and its passengers and crew to the beautiful city of Victoria.”
Gracing the hull of the Norwegian Bliss is, “Cruising with the Whales,” created by Wyland. Victoria, BC is home to its own Wyland work, “A-5 Pod,” at 1250 Wharf Street.
“The Norwegian Bliss is a stunning ship and, although she is large, our facility, team, and on-the-ground suppliers are ready to welcome her and her guests each week,” says Lindsay Gaunt, director, cruise development, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.
Prior to the launch of the 2018 cruise season, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority undertook improvements at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal to prepare for larger ships, including enhancements to the bollards at Pier A.
The full 2018 Cruise ship schedule is available online: http://www.victoriacruise.ca/cruise-schedule/current-season