CLIA-NWC CELEBRATES INAUGURAL ‘CRUISE INDUSTRY DAY’ IN VICTORIA
At a reception hosted by CLIA-NWC to celebrate the start of the 2017 cruise season, Mayor Lisa Helps officially proclaimed May 2 ‘Cruise Industry Day’ in Victoria, B.C. The Mayor addressed a crowd of more than 100 business and community partners from Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Prince Rupert, Seattle and Alaska. Other guests included cruise line representatives and Victoria Councillor Margaret Lucas.
Greg Wirtz, President of CLIA-NWC, welcomed guests and thanked the event’s sponsors, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA), Tourism Victoria, Butchart Gardens, Western Stevedoring, Garda Canada and Cruise BC. Paul Goodwin, Chair of CLIA-NWC, acknowledged the hard work of the various stakeholders in attendance and their important contribution to the success of the cruise industry in the Pacific Northwest. Ian Robertson, CEO of GVHA described Victoria as the busiest port-of-call in Canada and shared his vision to see Ogden Point become a homeport by 2020.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN SIGNS ON FIRST CHIEF METEOROLOGIST
Royal Caribbean’s Chief Meteorologist develops forecasts for the cruise line’s fleet of 24 ships. By translating technical data into digestible information, he provides guidance to captains and provides them with added support to continue making informed decisions to deliver the best possible vacation experience for the cruise line’s guests. Read more at green4sea.com, May 24, 2017
CLIA RELEASES OFFICIAL GLOBAL PASSENGERS NUMBERS FOR 2016
On May 23, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the cruise industry has surpassed 2016 ocean cruise passenger projections, reaching 24.7 million cruise passengers globally up from a projection of 24.2 million. For 2017, CLIA is projecting another positive year of growth for the industry with a passenger forecast of 25.8 million.
“One of the many reasons that the cruise industry continues to thrive is because of the personalization it is able to offer to its guests from around the world,” said Cindy D’Aoust, President and CEO, CLIA. From globalnewswire.com, May 23, 2017
PORT STATES REAFFIRM SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY GOALS
Shipping leaders from around the world signed a declaration aimed at protecting ocean environments and advancing international ship safety at the Third Joint Ministerial Conference on Port State Control in Vancouver, Canada, on May 4.
The declaration was signed by the 29 signatory countries from the Paris and Tokyo MOUs, as a commitment by European and Pacific Rim countries to continue to eliminate substandard shipping practices. The declaration included consideration of enforcement of sulfur regulations and the Polar Code as well as a commitment to the acceptance of electronic certificates.
In addition to the delegates from 29 countries, IMO Secretary General Ki Tack Lim attended the conference which was themed “Safeguarding Responsible and Sustainable Shipping.” Lim stressed the vital importance of collaborative efforts to leave “no hiding place” for substandard shipping. From maritime-executive.com, May 5, 2017.
2017 CRUISE SEASON FOR CENTRAL VANCOUVER ISLAND BEGINS IN NANAIMO
Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas kicked off the Nanaimo 2017 season on May 17th. She is the largest cruise ship to visit Nanaimo and 2017 marks her second call in two consecutive years.
“You definitely know that she’s in port with her impressive size and hundreds of passengers combing the streets in the downtown area,” said Nanaimo Port Authority President & CEO Bernie Dumas. “With six calls from various cruise lines to Nanaimo in 2017 the mid-island will enjoy an economic impact of $2.87 million from direct and indirect spending. Story from npa.ca, May 12, 2017, photo by @portnanaimo
PRINCESS BOOSTS WEST COAST AND MEXICO DEPLOYMENT FOR 2018-2019
Princess Cruises announced its 2018-2019 Americas cruise itineraries on May 22, covering sailings to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, the California Coast, and Alaska. The debut of the Royal Princess on the West Coast marks the cruise line’s largest ship ever to sail to Mexico. The Royal Princess will also sail for the first time along the California Coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver, B.C. on a seven-day Pacific California Coast visiting San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco. The ship is expected to sail in Alaska for the 2019 summer season.
The Ruby Princess is set to sail a brand new seven-day Northern California Coast voyage sailing roundtrip from Seattle with stops in Monterey, Astoria, and late evening stays in San Francisco and Victoria, B.C. Also new for 2018 is a seven-day Pacific Northwest Coast cruise on Grand Princess sailing roundtrip from San Francisco and visiting Astoria, Vancouver, Victoria and a late evening stay in Seattle.
There are also longer sailings through the Panama Canal and from the West Coast to Hawaii. Read more from cruiseindustrynews.com, May 22, 2017.
NORTH AMERICAN 2017 DEPLOYMENT TRENDS
While the Caribbean dominates ship deployment for most of the major North American cruise brands, Princess Cruises’ largest passenger capacity deployment is in the Asia/Pacific region and Holland America Line in Alaska, according to the 2017-2018 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
This year, Princess will have an estimated 24.1 percent of its capacity in Asia/Pacific, up from 17.9 percent last year and 5.2 percent five years ago. At the same time, Princess’ Alaska and Europe capacities remain flat year-over-year, while its Caribbean deployment is down to 14.2 percent from a high of 27.5 percent five years ago. Holland America will have record capacity in Alaska in 2017, 29.2 percent of its total passenger capacity, up from 28.1 percent last year. Caribbean capacity remains in line with previous years, while Europe is down.
Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have more capacity in the Caribbean this year, while Norwegian sees a dip, while having a build-up in Europe. From cruiseindustrynews.com, May 3, 2017
BAIE-COMEAU TO BE A DISNEY CRUISE LINE DESTINATION
Disney Cruise Line recently announced that the 2,713-passenger Disney Magic will visit Quebec in 2018.
Baie-Comeau Cruises president Ms. Reina Savoie was all smiles when the legendary company’s announcement was made. “Our team, along with everyone in the extended Cruise the Saint Lawrence Association family, has been working hard over the past several years to bring the cruise lines to Baie-Comeau. Those efforts are now bearing fruit and increasingly earning the recognition of our industry peers,” she said.
Cruise the Saint Lawrence, the industry association that groups the nine ports of call on the Saint Lawrence, is equally delighted with the news. “The relationship with Disney Cruise Line is a real mark of confidence for our port of call member organizations, who place great importance on providing quality experiences to cruise passengers,” said association president Tony Boemi, president of Cruise the Saint Lawrence. “It also shows that our destination appeals to a young and family-oriented clientele.” From cruisesaintlawrence.com, May 11, 2017
QUEBEC CITY ADDS CRUISE BERTHING OPTIONS / 2017 TO BE A RECORD YEAR
Citing a record season, Quebec City has announced an agreement to provide additional cruise berthing options at the Quai Paquet. The agreement with the Ville de Lévis for use of the Quai Paquet offers the opportunity to accommodate more vessels giving cruise lines a variety of berthing options. The Quai Paquet, located within port territory and run by Québec Port Authority, is a short ferry ride away on the other side of the St. Lawrence River. The first ship to call at the wharf is the Saga Sapphire on October 1, 2017.
“We are thrilled to announce this agreement with the Ville de Lévis as we continue to develop the Port of Québec to make cruising Canada–New England a leading international attraction,” said Mario Girard, president and CEO of the Québec Port Authority. “With the start of our cruise season in early May and the recent announcement of Disney calling at Québec, we are confident we will continue to reach record-breaking visitor numbers.”
The 2017 cruise season promises to be the best in the Port of Québec’s history, with a record 131 calls by 34 separate cruise ships from 25 different lines—five more ships than in 2015, the city’s best year on record, according to a statement. Five ships will be visiting the Port of Québec for the first time in 2017: Le Soléal, Viking Sky, Viking Sea, Silver Muse and Norwegian Jade. From cruiseindustrynews.com, May 18, 2017
CRUISE CANADA NEW ENGLAND SYMPOSIUM
Cruise the Saint Lawrence is proud to host the 19th edition of the Cruise Canada New England Symposium. The event will take place from June 13th to 15th at the Cruise Terminal in Montreal and group together some 200 industry representatives from destination ports of call, as well as 20 international cruise lines and representatives from 10 media organizations.
Symposium activities will be set against a backdrop of celebrations honouring the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal and the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The program will feature conferences and workshops intended to provide for the active involvement of participants. Destination development, passenger experience and itinerary planning will figure among leading topics of discussion. In addition, a marketplace activity will be organized to provide port of call authorities with an occasion to meet directly with cruise line and media representatives. Evening and social activities will ensure ample networking opportunities throughout the event. For more information, visit cruisesaintlawrence.com.
CLIA RELEASES THE FIRST CRUISE INDUSTRY CONSUMER OUTLOOK OF 2017
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released the first Cruise Industry Consumer Outlook of 2017, highlighting a surge of interest in cruise travel and a willingness by passengers to drive to their embarkation port. Of those surveyed, 64 percent said their overall awareness of cruise vacations has improved within the last two years. Within the last four months alone, 30 percent of respondents said their awareness of cruising and ship-based excursions “increased greatly” compared to a year or two ago. Only six percent of responders expressed an unfavorable attitude toward cruise vacations, down from 11 percent four months ago.
According to the outlook, travelers have a solid interest in both ocean cruising (50 percent) and river cruising (30 percent). The U.S. is still the source of most cruise passengers, and CLIA says that technological advances, new deployments and new destinations around the world show that the industry continues to respond to the desires of today’s travelers. It predicts that more than 25 million passengers will set sail in 2017, a new record, and that 26 new ocean, river and specialty ships will make their debut. From www.cruising.org, May 4, 2017
ECHO PROGRAM RELEASES 2016 ANNUAL REPORT
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has posted the ECHO program’s 2016 Annual Report online summarizing the accomplishments of the program over the past year. Click here to view the report.
FIRST CRUISE SHIP ENTERS EXPANDED PANAMA CANAL
The Expanded Panama Canal welcomed its first passenger vessel through the new locks on April 29 with the entry of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder. The Disney Wonder transited the Expanded Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean as part of a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral to San Diego, where the ship will sail cruises to Baja, Mexico, before repositioning to a summer season sailing to Alaska from Vancouver.
By September 30, 233 passenger vessels – representing a total 237,298 passengers – are expected to have transited both the original and new locks. Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line have all recently sent passenger vessels through the original locks. From maritime-executive.com, April 29, 2017
CRUISE SHIP DELIVERIES KEEP COMING
Two cruise ships were delivered in May: AIDAperla, destined for the Mediterranean, and Norwegian Joy, destined for Asia. Earlier this month, Silversea christened the latest addition to its fleet, Silver Muse, and early June sees TUI Cruises’ vessel Mein Schiff 6 scheduled for delivery.
The cruise industry continues to expand with new itineraries and a new generation of cruisers. Industry analyst G.P. Wild says China is likely to be the principal catalyst for industry growth for years to come. With just over a million current cruisers out of a population of 1.4 billion, the prospects for future growth are almost “incalculable.”
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) notes that cruise travel has also become the most popular travel preference among younger generations, including Millennials, creating a new “Cruise Generation.” This generation rates cruise travel as the best type of vacation compared to land-based vacations, all-inclusive resorts, tours, vacation house rentals and camping, and 90 percent that have experienced cruise travel say they will continue to cruise. From maritime-executive.com, April 28, 2017
PORT OF SEATTLE & NCLH OPEN RENOVATED CRUISE TERMINAL AT PIER 66
The Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) showcased the new Bell Street Cruise Terminal at the Port’s Pier 66 building in a grand celebration on May 23. The newly renovated terminal features three times the square footage within the same footprint of the prior facility and is custom designed to handle the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss, which will be the largest cruise vessel on the West Coast for the 2018 cruise season.
An estimated $30 million dollars in improvements were made to the Bell Street Cruise Terminal as part of a joint agreement between Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and the Port of Seattle. The enhancements have significantly expanded and improved operations and the guest experience for cruise passengers at Pier 66. From www.portseattle.org, May 23, 2017
Pictured L to R: Port of Seattle Commission President Tom Albro, Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, Howard Sherman, Executive VP of Onboard Revenue and Destination Development for NCLH, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Visit Seattle Executive Director Tom Norwalk, Commissioner Stephanie Bowman, Executive Secretary Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council Monty Anderson, Commissioner John Creighton and Interim CEO of Port of Seattle Dave Soike Photo by Don Wilson, Port of Seattle.
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