Ruby Princess at Canada Place

The last cruise ship of the 2015 season for the Port of Vancouver, the Ruby Princess, will depart Canada Place today, marking the end of an extended cruise season.

Passenger volumes for the 2015 Vancouver cruise season remained strong, on par with 2014, with more than 800,000 passengers travelling on 228 calls by 32 different vessels, said the port in a prepared statement.

The 2015 season began early and ended later than usual this year due to the addition of new itineraries to Hawaii and the California coast by Princess Cruises, in addition to Alaskan itineraries and associated re-positioning options offered by various cruise lines out of Vancouver.

“We are pleased to see expanded cruise itineraries coming to Vancouver,” said Peter Xotta, Vice President of Planning and Operations, Port Metro Vancouver. “It shows a recognition of Vancouver’s global appeal and the world-class facilities here at Port Metro Vancouver. It has also extended the season, and this is the first time passengers enjoying a cruise from Vancouver can also enjoy the Christmas at Canada Place event the same day they depart”.

Use of shore power continues to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to BC Hydro’s electrical grid to provide necessary power while docked. Since its inception in 2009, the Canada Place shore power installation has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,200 tonnes a year.