Vancouver Wraps Up Successful 2018 Cruise Season

Norwegian Bliss in Vancouver

The last cruise ship set to sail during the 2018 season will depart from Vancouver on Friday, marking the end of the 32nd consecutive cruise season at Canada Place terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

According to the Port of Vancouver, the Star Princess was the first ship to kick off the 2018 season and her sister ship, the Emerald Princess, will be the last to depart Canada Place this year at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, heading down the Pacific Coast to Los Angeles, before embarking on a 28-day round trip to Hawaii.

“This year was an especially exciting season for the cruise industry in Vancouver,” said Peter Xotta, vice president of planning and operations at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “Working alongside our destination, cruise line and industry partners, we made history with the arrival of the 25-millionth cruise passenger, saw the highest number of cruise passengers since 2010, and hosted the largest cruise ship ever to visit Vancouver.”

In 2018, Vancouver welcomed more than 900,000 cruise passengers on 243 ship visits, reflecting a 7 percent increase in passenger volumes over 2017. Cruise is a key economic driver for the region as each cruise ship adds about $3 million to the local economy.

The 2019 cruise ship season kicks off with the arrival of the Emerald Princess on March 29.

 Vancouver cruise passenger volumes have been strong and steady over the past five years, and in 2018 were the highest since 2010.

 On September 30, the Port of Vancouver welcomed the Norwegian Bliss, which accommodates more than 4,000 passengers and is the largest cruise ship ever to visit Vancouver.

The 2018 season included several new cruise ships to homeport at the Port of Vancouver, such as Windstar Cruises’ luxury Star Legend and the Norwegian Jewel, which replaced the Norwegian Sun.

The Port of Vancouver’s Canada Place cruise ship terminal welcomed the return of Holland America, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Crystal Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Silversea Cruises. These cruise lines all have ships that use the Port of Vancouver as homeport.

In 2009, the Canada Place cruise ship terminal became the first in Canada and third in the world to offer shore power for cruise ships. Since then, the Port stated, there have been 493 successful shore power connections out of 624 calls from ships able to connect to shore power.

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