Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal is amongst the best in the world according to a new ranking by Cruise Insights Magazine.
The Canada Place pier and its facilities in downtown Vancouver won a Best Destination Experience Award for its performance last year. The best ports were determined by votes from cruise lines, based on the feedback they received from their passengers for their experience at a destination, and there were hundreds of potential destinations around the world.
The Port of Vancouver says 826,820 cruise passengers visited Canada Place last year, and this will increase this year to 840,000 passengers on 237 sailings from 33 different vessels operated by 15 cruise lines, including Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Disney.
Disney Cruise Lines had a brief switch to Seattle in 2012, but it decided to return to Vancouver the following year due to the positive feedback it received from travellers.
A new report this week by Cruise Lines International Association found that last year’s cruise season generated $1.6 billion for Vancouver’s economy, supported 12,000 jobs, and spurred $549 million in total wages. Each cruise ship visit had a value of approximately $3 million for the local economy.
The 2017 cruise ship season began with a Star Princess sailing on April 11, and the same vessel will also close the season late in the year with a sailing on December 16. This is a major growth as Vancouver’s cruise ship season typically ended in October.
Some other highlights include the Golden Princess’ special itinerary of overnighting in Vancouver on July 1 to enjoy the Canada Day fireworks celebrating the nation’s 150th anniversary. As well, The World – the largest privately owned residential yacht, with 165 residences all owned by the ship’s residents – will visit Canada Place during its three-stop global itinerary.
Canada Place’s first peak capacity period of 2017 will be from Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30 when five large ships are scheduled to make visits.
Vancouver’s cruise ship itineraries include routes to Alaska, Hawaii, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.