Port Metro Vancouver’s Alaska cruise ship season for 2014 is expected to be on par with last year’s strong season.
812,000 passengers on 235 calls by 29 cruise ships will travel through Port Metro Vancouver’s cruise ship facilities at Canada Place and Ballantyne Pier. Comparatively, in 2013 the Port welcomed 812,398 passengers on 235 calls by 29 cruise ships, representing a 22 per cent increase in passengers over 2012.
Each cruise ship call generates more than $2 million in economic activity for B.C. and has enormous spinoffs for the tourism sector with 283,000 room nights booked by passengers in Vancouver pre- and post-cruise and over 440,000 room nights across the province. It creates 6,000 direct and indirect jobs while also fostering $220 million in revenues for municipal, provincial and federal governments.
For the 2014 season, Port Metro Vancouver will become the new home port for the Crown Princess, which at 3,080 passengers is the largest Princess ship to sail to Alaska, and the Pacific Princesss, which will be the first Princess ship in more than 10 years to sail round-trip Alaska cruises from Vancouver. The Celebrity Solstice will also be in Vancouver for two calls.
Port Metro Vancouver’s cruise facilities have received global recognition, including being named the 2013 Top North American Home Port by TripAdvisor’s cruise critic and Cruise Insight magazine’s 2014 awards for Most Efficient Terminal Operation and Best Turnaround Port Operations.
Some changes are coming to Port Metro Vancouver’s cruise ship operations beginning in the 2015 Alaska cruise season. The Port will consolidate its cruise business at Canada Place and retire Ballantyne Pier as a cruise terminal. Ballantyne currently welcomes less than 4 per cent of cruise ship visits and lacks modern capabilities, including shore power.
List of 2014 cruise ships visiting Port Metro Vancouver:
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