Passenger volumes are inching up in Vancouver

Holland America ships are among those sailing from Canada Place for another season Holland America ships are among those sailing from Canada Place for another season (Photo: Port of Vancouver)

The cruise season got under way this week at Port of Vancouver, where higher passenger volumes are expected at Canada Place.

More than 840,000 passengers on 237 calls are scheduled. This is a 2% increase in passenger volume over 2016.

The Vancouver cruise industry stimulates on average nearly $3m in direct economic activity for each ship that visits Canada Place, and the 2016 cruise season directly generated nearly 7,000 jobs across Canada and $300m in wages, and contributed $840m to national GDP.

This year 33 ships from 15 lines will visit. They range from luxury and smaller expedition-style ships to some of the largest vessels in the Alaska market.

Returning lines include Holland America, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Crystal Cruises and Silversea Cruises, all for homeport operations.

Among the expedition ships are Silversea's Silver Discoverer, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Bremen and Ponant Cruises' Le Boréal. Residential ship The World will make three stops.

Golden Princess is booked to overnight on July 1 for the Canada Day celebrations at Canada Place and fireworks for Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation.

Some of the largest ships due to call are Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, Crown Princess and Celebrity Solstice.

Posted 14 April 2017

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Anne Kalosh

Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor Seatrade Cruise Review