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Nanaimo plans special activities for Celebrity Infinity call

Celebrity Infinity - returning for its second visit since 2011
Royal Canadian Mounted Police in red serge for photo opportunities, a free downtown shuttle, a collector cars display, farmers market and cannon firings are among the plans for Celebrity Infinity's Friday call at Nanaimo, British Columbia.

The ship last visited in 2011.

Bernie Dumas, president and ceo of the Nanaimo Port Authority, said this second call will be a great opportunity to showcase what Nanaimo and the mid-island area can offer.

The port authority has worked with the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association and Tourism Nanaimo, among others, to make the call 'exceptional,' Dumas said.

As with every ship visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be on hand and the downtown shuttle will operate.

Plus, the Old English Car Club will be displaying collector cars in the parking lot of the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf for the visitors. The farmers market will be at Pioneer Waterfront Plaza to attract passengers to downtown.

A special event at the cruise terminal, organized by Tourism Nanaimo, includes a celebration of National Tourism Week with a small band entertaining in the morning and prizes for the community between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. At the same time Helijet will provide a Sikorsky-S76 for inside viewing on the helipad.

Cannons will fired at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and cruise visitors will have an opportunity to fire the historic cannons.

Celebrity Infinity is scheduled to be in port from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call is part of a 13-day cruise starting in San Francisco and visiting Alaska's Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Haines and Ketchikan, prior to Nanaimo. The sailing will continue to Victoria, BC, before ending at Vancouver.